Prince Albert, the fourth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, had set his eye on the 17 year old Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna. But everyone seemed to be against the match. Marie Alexandrovna didn’t want to leave Russia. Her parents weren’t keen on that idea either. They much preferred to keep their daughter close.
1. Every action in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those present. 2. In the presence of others sing not to yourself with a humming voice, nor drum with your fingers or feet. 3. Speak not when others speak, sit not when others stand, and walk not when others stop. 4.
Over at Military History Now, author Shannon Selin talks about Napoleon’s love for reading and his favourite books. To quote: According to his classmate (and later secretary) Louis Bourrienne, Napoleon read avidly from an early age. Whenever they had free time at the military school at Brienne: [Napoleon] would run to the library, where he
22 June 1536 was a black day for the Lady Mary, the only surviving child of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. She finally submitted to her father’s request to accept him as the Supreme Head of the Church in England, and, even worse for the young girl, the invalidity of her
Hello everyone, I have two history books, one more engaging than the other, to introduce to you today. So, let’s get started: Rome’s Revolution: Death of the Republic & Birth of the Empire by Richard AlstonOn March 15th, 44 BC a group of senators killed Julius Caesar, hoping this way to save the Republic. Instead,
(C) Shakko The 1816 edition of the Belle Assemblee featured a very interesting article about the headdresses of some of most famous women in ancient Rome, and how hair fashions changed throughout the centuries. Here it is: FAUSTINA, WIFE OF THE EMPEROR ANTONINUSShe knew how to arrange her hair in the most elegant manner, without
They say you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Whether that’s true or not, it is undeniable that your relationships with everyone you know, from your family to your friends, from your significant others to you co-workers, help shape who you are, how you see the world, think,
The Austrian Emperor Joseph II, Marie Antoinette’s brother, received a lot of petitions and requests for favours. But he only granted them when he thought the men (or women) were worth them. Here are two examples to favours he refused to two mothers and their sons: Madam, I do not think that it is amongst
One of the most famous female pirates of all time, Mary Read was born in 1691 in England, the illegitimate daughter of a captain’s widow. She had a legitimate brother from her mother’s marriage. When he died, worried about how to make ends meet, her mother dressed Mary as a boy so the family could
Whistlejacket Aristocrats didn’t just commission portraits of themselves and their families. They also commissioned portraits of their beloved horses. In the 18th century, the man for the job was George Stubbs, a Liverpudlian painter with a fondness for these magnificent animals, which he perfectly captured in his pictures. Here are a few examples: Bay Horse