Weekly Wrap-Up January 10th-16th 2015

It’s time for our second Weekly Wrap-up!

One of the biggest things this week was viewing the trailer to the film Michiel de Ruyter. I cannot wait. Though, as I said on Twitter, the man they’ve hired to portray William III is far too hunky to be William III. Oh well, I suppose if it gets young people interested in history…

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Anyway, have a look at the trailer – I’m so excited. (Between this and A Little Chaos, this year is going to be HUGE for the 17th-century! Woo hoo!). The majority of the trailer is in Dutch, with a little bit of English.

On Saturday 10th, we celebrated the birth of the infamous, rakish, George Villiers – 2nd Duke of Buckingham. George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, was born 10 January 1628. He was the son of the 1st Duke of Buckingham and was known for hedonistic excesses, his poetry, and for being in Charles II’s Cabal Ministry. Learn more in my post, “Vile Villiers”: https://www.andreazuvich.com/history/vile-villiers/

George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham by Sir Peter Lely oil on canvas, circa 1675 30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm) Purchased, 1869 NPG 279 National Portrait Gallery, London

William Laud, controversial Archbishop of Canterbury, was executed by beheading on this day 10 January 1645. Read more about this man, and the events which led to his gruesome death, here: http://bcw-project.org/biography/archbishop-william-laud

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Portrait of William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, c. 1636, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck.

This photo is one I took when I laid flowers on the site on the anniversary of the Duke of Monmouth’s execution. Many high-profile persons were killed on this spot on Tower Hill, which is right near the Tower of London. Photo: © Andrea Zuvich
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And sometimes you lot crack me up with your search terms:

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Luca Giordano, Italian Baroque artist, died 12 January 1705. “Justice Disarmed” c. 1670. Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, WGA.


Christoph Graupner, German Baroque composer, was born 13 January 1683. Here’s a rousing Cantata:

News: £3.8 million project to repair Dyrham Park roof is underway

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Francesco Cavalli, Italian Early Baroque composer, died on the 14 January 1676.

#Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin), one of the greatest French playwrights, was probably born January 15, 1622.

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”

Image: “Molière”, circa 1658, by Pierre Mignard and via Wikimedia Commons.

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François de Vendôme, Duke of Beaufort, was born on 16 January 1616. He was the son of an illegitimate son of King Henri IV and Gabrielle d’Estrées. Known for duelling, conspiracy against Cardinal Richelieu, and for being killed by Turks during the Siege of Candia, he is popularly known as a character in the sequels to Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers.

Image: François de Bourbon, duc de Vendôme, by Robert Nanteuil (1623–1678) after Jean Nocret (1615–1672) and made in 1651. Princeton Digital Collections, Robert Nanteuil Collection.


On Wednesday, I travelled by train to Oxford, where I met up with my friend Jacqueline Reiter for a coffee and a look around the Ashmolean Museum.


On Thursday, I had an eye exam and – to my great relief – my eyes hadn’t worsened! Yey! So, what did I do to celebrate? I bought more books, of course. Again from the superb charity shop on Peascod Street here in Windsor.

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Next week, I hope to get back into the archives as I haven’t been in a month! I’ve been making progress with Anthea this week, but with five other works I have got to get more work done!

I hope you all have a safe and happy weekend and a great week ahead!

Best wishes,

Andrea x

Hear ye! One thought — so far — on “Weekly Wrap-Up January 10th-16th 2015”:

  1. Sarah Johnson

    Andrea, great post, and I am pleased to hear your eyes are holding their own. I envy you your trip to the Ashmolian! QUESTION: I am unfamiliar with French titles and names … please can you explain how François de Vendôme, Duke of Beaufort, can also be called François de Bourbon, duc de Vendôme? Was Duke of Beaufort an English title? Thanks.


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