St. Matthew’s Passion by J.S. Bach at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

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Last night, I went to a live performance of St. Matthew’s Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach at St. Paul’s Cathedral​ with Laura Brennan​. I have only ever heard two pieces from this work, and it was a great pleasure to listen to it in its entirety in such a beautiful and historic cathedral. Bach, who is relevant to… Read on

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The Broken Heart at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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Earlier today, I went to the 2:30pm performance of John Ford’s The Broken Heart. John Ford (1586-1639) wrote this tragic play during the Caroline era (reign of Charles I). I thought it was superb and I can honestly say I have rarely had such an amazing time in a theatre. This was my first time inside the relatively… Read on

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World Poetry Day: The Flea by John Donne

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In honour of World Poetry Day, I’ve chosen John Donne’s poem, The Flea. Why? Well, what’s not to like about this classic erotic metaphysical poem? The Flea by  JOHN DONNE Mark but this flea, and mark in this, How little that which thou deniest me is; It sucked me first, and now sucks thee, And in this flea our… Read on

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Alessandro Stradella: Fascinating, Flawed, Forgiven, and Unforgettable: A Guest Post by DM Denton

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Most of the readers of The Seventeenth Century Lady are not only fans of 17th-century history, but also of the Baroque music of that time. It is therefore my pleasure to have DM Denton here with a guest post about Alessandro Stradella – a commonly (and sadly!) overlooked composer of wonderful Italian Baroque music. Alessandro Stradella: Fascinating, Flawed, Forgiven,… Read on

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Weekly Wrap-Up!

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This week, I spent a great deal of time in the National Archives, where I studied the funeral plans for William III, read miscellaneous letters by the Duke of Monmouth, and found more information to go into my book, The Stuarts in 100 Facts. When I was using their wifi connection, I was unhappy to discover that my website… Read on

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Was Madame Poisoned? Jealousy, Intrigue, and Murder in the Court of Louis XIV – Guest Post by Jessica Cale

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I recently ‘met’ Jessica Cale via mutual friends on Facebook and I quickly learned that she writes historical fiction set in the 17th-century (yey!). Today, she stopped by The Seventeenth Century Lady with the lamentable story of Minette, Charles II’s youngest sister. The rumours surrounding her death persist to this day. But was Madame poisoned? Was Madame Poisoned?… Read on

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Weekly Wrap Up!

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Good day to you all! I’ve been hard at work on getting a first draft of 100 Facts About the Stuarts done because I’m keen to show it to my editor soon. The June deadline is fast approaching, and I’m finding that there are so many more facts about our beloved Stuart era that I’m simply going to… Read on

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Review: “Salem” Television Series

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I’ve been putting off watching this series for a while because I’m always hesitant these days to watch anything set in the 17th-century. I set aside my preconceived ideas and had an open mind when I watched the first episode, but from the moment the first line was delivered, I was cringing – and it was not the… Read on

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When Kensington Palace Became a Royal Residence

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My article, “When Kensington Palace Became a Royal Residence” is now available on English Historical Fiction Authors. There’s something about Kensington Palace that immediately conjures up the word glamorous. Perhaps it is because in recent memory, it has been the home of notable, glamorous royals such as the late Princess Margaret, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and… Read on

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Weekly Wrap-Up!

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Another week is over, so that means it’s time for our Weekly Wrap Up! I hope you have all had a good week. Earlier in the week, I met up with historian Laura Brennan, who is working on a project about the Duke of Monmouth. She had a look through my 100 Facts and thought they were coming… Read on

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Review: By the Sword by Alison Stuart

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By the Sword is Alison Stuart’s first novel and is set for a re-release in March of this year. Although I have known Alison for some time (Hoydens and Firebrands), I had never before read any of her books until now. England 1650. In the aftermath of the execution of the King, England totters once more on the brink… Read on

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Weekly Wrap-up!

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Happy weekend to you all! I hope you are all well. The past two weeks have gone by like a flash. It being half-term, it’s been quite difficult for me to do my work – there have been screaming children everywhere I usually go to write – the library, the coffee shops, the pubs, etc. I haven’t been able… Read on

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Groovy Historian Podcast on the Glorious Revolution

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Groovy Historian recently invited me to do a podcast with him and we did so earlier today. This is a very short introduction to the Glorious Revolution, so please do not expect a highly detailed analysis! Whilst I am no great orator (in fact, I’m quite a shy person), I do hope that some who haven’t heard about… Read on

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Review: Life in a 17th Century Coffeehouse

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I just read Life in a 17th Century Coffeehouse by David Brandon and, by and large, I enjoyed it. This is a quick read as it is short (8 chapters and 90 pages long), but it is jam-packed with information and written in a very readable, entertaining style. The chapter on “The Everyday Life of a Coffee Shop” was… Read on

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“They Called Her Babylon” – Guest Post by M.J. Logue

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The Seventeenth Century is pleased to welcome M.J. Logue today. I’m currently working on an anthology with Logue and several other 17th-and-18th-century writers which should be out for your enjoyment later this year. Bolton, the Geneva of the North. My own, and Captain Hollie Babbitt’s, home town. A fiercely Puritan town, so-called in reference to the Swiss town… Read on

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Have a Baroquetastic Birthday, Emma!

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Today on The Seventeenth Century Lady, we’ll celebrate the birthday of one of my biggest fans – Emma! (I hope my blog readers won’t mind, but since Emma and her mum have been so kind to me in the past by supporting my work and going on my Garden History tours at Kensington Palace, I wanted to take a… Read on

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“Piracy & Witchcraft: Salem 1692″ Guest Post by Emerson Baker

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The Seventeenth Century Lady is pleased and honoured to have Dr. Emerson Baker here today as our guest writer. Dr. Baker has written several books on 17th-century history of Early New England, including A Storm of Witchcraft, which was described by one reviewer as “The best guide yet to understanding what happened in 1692 Salem”. Piracy and Witchcraft:… Read on

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Weekly Wrap-Up No. 5!

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I avoided using the Internet this weekend and was able to get some substantial work done, so I apologise for the tardiness of this post. My husband and I went up to visit his parents in Northampton on Saturday and we cooked them a homemade Indian curry. Earlier in the week, I met up with my friend, Pitt historian… Read on

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A Time of Profound Change: A Guest Post By Ann Swinfen

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Please welcome Ann Swinfen to The Seventeenth Century Lady! A Time of Profound Change By Ann Swinfen I have published two novels set in the seventeenth century: Flood and This Rough Ocean. Why the seventeenth century? This is a period which some people regard as less colourful than the sixteenth century, but is that true? It seems to me that… Read on

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Weekly Wrap-up No. 4!

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Good day to you! I can’t believe another week has passed. Egads! Well, if you missed any major things this week on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve come the right place. It’s time for our weekly wrap-up! News 17th-century shipbuilding historian and brilliant artist Richard Endsor (he created the artwork in the lovely poster below!) recently got in touch and… Read on

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Remembering King Charles I at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

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Following his brutal execution on that cold morning of the 30th of January, 1648/9, King Charles’s body was eventually transported here to Windsor. He was buried in St. George’s Chapel, in the same vault as King Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour. I met up with Mr. Rigopoulos of the Royal Stuart Society for a coffee… Read on

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