elegance of history blog: History geek, avid reader and art lover. Here you will find random bits of history, book reviews and musings on art, literature, manners, life, music and anything else that interests me.
In her memoirs, French painter Vigée Le Brun remembers actress and star of the Comédie Italienne, Louise-Rosalie Lefebvre, known as Madame Dugazon, thus: I now come to one whose entire dramatic career I have been able to follow – the best talent the Opéra-Comique had to show, Mme. Dugazon. Never has such reality been seen
Marie Antoinette’s Diamonds, a blog dedicated to the Affair of the Diamond Necklace, has an interesting post on Nicole D’Oliva, the prostitute who impersonated Marie Antoinette in the gardens of Versailles, tricking Cardinal Rohan into believing the Queen had forgiven him and really wanted his help in obtaining the famous diamond necklace: Finally, she met
In 1909, the Russian Emperor Nicholas II visited the Italian royal family and brought an extravagant and particular gift to the little Crown Prince Umberto, who was only five at the time. The Prince’s sister Giovanna thus remembers it*: To my brother Umberto… the Emperor of Russia gave a singular and complicated toy: it was
Pauline Bonaparte is a very fascinating and controversial historical figure. Napoleon’s favourite sister was charming, clever, insatiable, wild, dissolute and had lots of lovers. But she was also very loyal to her brother. When Napoleon fell, all the siblings he had placed on the thrones of one European country or another abandoned him. It was
Synopsis:Dr. Temperance Brennan, Quebec’s director of forensic anthropology, now returns in a thrilling new investigation into the secrets of the dead. In the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, Tempe Brennan is digging for a corpse buried more than a century ago. Although Tempe thrives on such enigmas from the past, it’s a chain of
Henry Austen was his sister’s Jane favourite brother, her “especial pride and delight”*. He was also very helpful in furthering Jane’s career and is responsible for the publication of all her novels. Hadn’t it been for him, we may never had read her books. He was also his sister’s biographer: for more than 50 years
Amalasuntha, born around 495, was the only daughter of Theodoric the Great, king of the Ostrogoths, and his wife Audofleda. Amalasuntha was both beautiful and smart. She grew up in Ravenna, which was a political and cultural centre at the time, and received an extraordinary education. She spoke both Latin and Italian fluently, in addition
Marie Antoinette’s Gossip Guide To The 18th Century has an interesting post about Marie Antoinette’s dogs. To quote:The little spaniel, known as Thisbe, was with the queen and her family when they were imprisoned in the Temple. When Louis XVI was guillotined, the pup stayed with the queen and her children, and still when the
I was just reading the Child’s friend and youth’s magazine, when I came across this nice piece of advice which is very true and relevant today as well, and thought I’d share it: READING AND THINKING Always have a book or a paper within your reach, which you may catch up at your odd minutes.
In the summer, when London became really hot and insalubrious, the Queen with her court went on royal progress throughout the English countryside. In the 45 years in which she reigned, Elizabeth I travelled through the Midlands, the Sussex, Kent, East Anglia and the West Country, visiting hundreds of cities and villages and staying at