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Anne Boleyn loved dogs. She doted on Purkoy, the little lapdog given her by Sir Francis Bryan, who had received it from Honour, Lady Lisle. When he brought him to court, the Queen fell in love with him straight away. In a letter to Lady Lisle, Sir Francis explains: “…it may please your Lordship to
Queen Victoria had a lonely childhood. After the death of her father when she was just a baby, her mother, the Duchess of Kent, raised her under the “Kensington System”, an elaborate set of rules and protocol she devised with her her comptroller, Sir John Conroy, to keep the child dependant on them. Both her
People have always kept bizarre pets, like this article in History Extra reminds us: John Quincy Adams’s pet alligatorThe Marquis de Lafayette wasn’t just buddies with George Washington. In 1825, after a mammoth tour of the States, he arrived at the White House clutching a variety of gifts bestowed upon him by a grateful nation.