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Hello everyone, this week I’m reviewing two historical fiction novels and a biography. Ready? Let’s get started: Girl On the Golden Coin by Marci JeffersonI’ve always had a bit of a crush on Charles II, the merry yet rather melancholic Stuart monarch who presided over the glittering court of the Restoration era. His long string
Admit it. You too have one (or two, or three) historical crush. Maybe you sigh over a painting of the dashing but cruel Saint- Just. Or you swoon over the military exploits of Prince Rupert of The Rhine. Or wish you were the muse who inspired John Keats’ beautiful verses. We’ve all been there, in
Hello everyone, as 2012 is drawing to a close, I thought it’d be fun to take a trip down memory lane and highlight some of the best posts of the year. Here we go: Marie Therese Of France: a series of posts about the life of the sole surviving child of King Louis XVI and
The escape of Charles II is one of the best, most thrilling great escape stories of all time. It is all the more extraordinary because Charles was a very tall man (about 6 foot at a time when most men only reached 5’10) and so should have been easy to spot and recognize. Instead, thanks
In 1666, a major and devastating fire, which would later be known as the Great Fire of London, ravaged the city for days. The medieval city, 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St. Paul’s Cathedral and most of the buildings of the City authorities were destroyed and hundreds of people left homeless. King Charles II instead
Charles II is one of my historical crushes. He’s usually portrayed as simply the Merry Monarch but I always thought there was more to his personality than meets the eye. He is quite a complex figure and Fraser, in the 600+ pages of this excellent biography, skilfully brings him to life. Charles II was a