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 Jacqui Reiter, for two research visits to Windsor Castle and the castle’s amazing St. George’s Chapel. The wreath laid by the Royal Stuart Society was still on display on a stool in front of Charles I’s ledger stone.
Next, I’ve just received another fabulous guest post for you all to enjoy this week. I got a few new (well, secondhand) history books in the post this week, including this (supported by a Vanna White-style Blackie the Cat):
100 Facts About the Stuarts is now at 54/100 facts, so that’s progressing quite nicely. I’ll have to actually write more about each fact though, so I’m nowhere near done but at least I’m gathering the facts in a timely manner.
My novella for the Steel and Lace Anthology is coming on even better than I thought.
Also, I’m still trucking with the second Amberley history book and my Anthea: Confessions of a Restoration Actress.
Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian Late Baroque composer, died on this day 1 February 1743 (b. 1657).
This week we celebrated this birth of dear Nell Gwynn.
I got in trouble for posting the image on the left on a Facebook history page because it was a nude. Sorry, but Nell is usually depicted in her portraits with at least one of her nipples on display. It was subsequently deleted, but not on my page because there was a lot of nudity in 17th-century paintings and if that’s offensive, then I don’t know what to say!
Biagio Marini, Italian #Baroque composer, was born on the 5 February 1594.
On the 6th of February…
Charles II, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland, died after a rather hideous time at the hands of his physicians…
From my book, “His Last Mistress: “After he had suffered the stroke, King Charles II was subjected to ‘cures’ from his physicians – which instead of helping the ailing monarch, exacerbated his condition. They bled him, blistered his flesh, administered emetics and enemas, administered potentially toxic cordials and herbs – all of which made his last four days on Earth a complete misery. The physicians had, in effect, finished him off.”
I’ll be heading on over to the London Metropolitan Archives this week. I’m also searching for the letters between Frances Apsley and Queen Mary II, which National Archives have stated are at the British Library and the British Library doesn’t even have it in their database. And some people think history is boring! Ha! This is like detective work, and I love it.
I hope you all have a great week!
<3, A x