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Book Review: Lily by Patricia Gaffney

Synopsis:A beautiful British lady is forced by circumstance to become the maid of a handsome and brooding gentleman in this historical romance from the author of “Sweet Treason” and “Fortune’s Lady”. In pretty much any book, the heroine has to face and overcome some trials and tribulations, but rarely as many as Lily. Bad luck

Fashions for February 1832

Hello everyone, I’ve found some more prints of pretty clothes and thought I’d share them with you. Unfortunately one is in black and white but I hope you will still like it. My favourites though are the two morning dresses. That green one must have looked so beautiful in real life. The sleeves are big

Madame Vigée Le Brun on Marie Antoinette

Madame Vigéè Le Brun was one of the most famous and sough-after portraitists of her time. She was also a favourite of Marie Antoinette and, over the years, Madame Vigéè Le Brun, would paint numerous portraits of this tragic Queen. Her paintings have become so iconic that, when we think of Marie Antoinette today, we

Historical Reads: Mary Tudor And Fashion

Mary Tudor Renaissance Queen Blog explores Mary Tudor’s relationship with fashion. To quote: Mary adored clothes and jewels. During her years of disgrace (1533-1536), a number of her fine gowns and jewels were taken away in punishment over her refusal to recognise her new demoted status. She complained bitterly and was reduced, the imperial ambassador

A Mother’s Advice To Her Daughter

A few weeks ago, I shared some of the advice Madame de Lambert, Marquise de Saint-Bris, a woman very interested in education, gave to her son in her book A Mother’s Advice To Her Son And Daughter. Today we’re gonna have a look at the advice aimed at her daughter. Undoubtedly a lot of it

Why Did Pauline Bonaparte Cover Her Ears?

Pauline Bonaparte was considered one of the most beautiful women of her time, and she knew it. She loved to show off her body by wearing sheer dresses that didn’t leave much to the imagination but one thing she always kept covered, even when posing for paintings or sculptures such as the Venus Victrix statue

The Affair Of The Minuet

Life at Versailles was rigidly regulated by complicated and stifling rules of etiquette, which prescribed what the nobility, based on their ranks and position, could and couldn’t do. Marie Antoinette may have hated all these rules but the nobility, jealous of their privileges, were capable of making a huge fuss out of the most insignificant

Jeanne d’Albret, Queen Of Navarre

On 16th November 1528, Marguerite of Angouleme gave birth to a baby girl named Jeanne in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Her husband was Henry II of Navarre, ruler of a small kingdom situated between France and Spain. The kingdom was also a refuge for French Huguenots persecuted in their home country. Jeanne too was a Protestant. Despite being

Historical Reads: The Reforms Of Louis XVI

Louis XVI is usually portrayed as lazy, unskilled and incompetent, but that’s not the truth. The King passed numerous reforms during his reign and was considered quite the Liberal. Novelist Elena Maria Vidal shares a few of these reforms on her blog, Tea At Trianon. To quote: 1775 Droits d’octroi were reduced, prison reform begun,