Tag: history

A Negligent Duchess

When, in April 1776, English author Fanny Burney met Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, at the park, she wasn’t too impressed. Here’s what she wrote to Samuel Crisp: Mr. Burney, Hetty and I took a walk in the Park on Sunday morning, where, among others, we saw the young and handsome Duchess of Devonshire, walking

Historical Reads: Cheating Valets and Tricks of the Trade

Valets knew many tricks to enrich themselves at the expense of their masters. Author Geri Walton shares a few: Valets, similar to a household steward, used a variety of tricks to enhance their income. One trick was to complain to those they patronized—tailors, bootmakers, milliners, laundresses, and so forth—about the exorbitant amounts they charged. At

We Are NOT Engaged!

When Queen Victoria met Prince Albert, she fell hard for him, and was eager to become his wife. But before their meeting, she was not so enthusiastic about the prospect of marrying him, or anyone else for that matter, as she revealed in this letter to her uncle Leopold I, King Of The Belgians: Buckingham

Marie Antoinette & The Comte d’Haga

The Queen, who was much prejudiced against the King of Sweden*, received him very coldly. All that was said of the private character of that sovereign, his connection with the Comte de Vergennes, from the time of the Revolution of Sweden, in 1772, the character of his favourite Armfeldt, and the prejudices of the monarch

Margaret Hughes, First Lady Of The Stage & Last Lover Of Prince Rupert

On 8th December 1660, Margaret [Peg] Hughes stepped onto the stage of the Vere Street Theatre, formerly Gibbons’s Tennis Court, to play Desdemona in Killingrew’s production of Shakespeare’s Othello. Her performance made history. According to legend, she was the first professional actress to have ever appeared on the theatrical stage, the ban that prohibited women

Ruling Advice From An Uncle

A few days before King William IV of England died, his niece and heir, Princess Victoria, received a letter from her maternal uncle, King Leopold I of the Belgian. It contained some friendly advice on how to behave once on the throne: Laeken, 17th June 1837 My beloved Child,—… I shall to-day enter on the