elegance of history blog: History geek, avid reader and art lover. Here you will find random bits of history, book reviews and musings on art, literature, manners, life, music and anything else that interests me.
Pauline Bonaparte is a very fascinating and controversial historical figure. Napoleon’s favourite sister was charming, clever, insatiable, wild, dissolute and had lots of lovers. But she was also very loyal to her brother. When Napoleon fell, all the siblings he had placed on the thrones of one European country or another abandoned him. It was
Marie Antoinette is one of the most famous but misunderstood women in history. She’s been accused of being a selfish, foolish and promiscuous queen who only thought about partying, fashion, sex and squandering money while the people of France were starving. But is that really true? Or was she just an undereducated young girl who
Synopsis:In all her twenty-five years, lovely Venetia Lanyon has never been further than Harrongate, nor enjoyed the attentions of any but her two wearisomely persistent suitors. Then, in one extraordinary encounter, she meets a neighbour she only knows by reputation – the infamous Lord Damerel – and before she realizes it, finds herself egging on
Synopsis:Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life—from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of imprisonment and humiliation during the