George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron (22 January 1788 - 19 April 1824), one of the greatest British writers and poets during the Romantic Movement. Lord Byron is infamous for his love affairs and inappropriate sexual relationships, debts, and illegitimate children. Devastatingly handsome, he moved easily among the circles of London's society and earned… Continue reading Lord Byron: “Mad, bad, and dangerous to know.” The man, the legend…
The Royal Crown Jewels
Source: http://www.RCT.UK The Royal Sceptre and the 530.2 carat Star of Africa diamond. The Coronation Royal Sceptre cradles a magnificent 530.2 carat teardrop shaped diamond known as the Star of Africa. This incomparable diamond is mounted with enameled brackets decorated with emeralds, amethyst, rose-cut diamonds, rubies, and spinels. Above the Star of Africa is a… Continue reading The Royal Crown Jewels
Lady Caroline Lamb’s Scandalous Affair with Lord Byron
Lady Caroline Lamb (née Ponsonby; November 13, 1785 – January 25, 1828) was a novelist best known for her scandalous book Glenarvon, which revealed the torrid details of her 1812 affair with Lord Byron, whom she described as "mad, bad, and dangerous to know". This moniker has been immortalized in time and is still used today. John Hoppner, Public… Continue reading Lady Caroline Lamb’s Scandalous Affair with Lord Byron
The Lost Royal Jewels of Marie Antoinette
The Royal Crown jewels of France, worn by Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI, which disappeared during the Revolution, are unveiled after being hidden from the public’s eye for 200 years. The French Royal Crown jewels disappeared from the Palace of Versailles during the historic revolutionary uprising of the fish market women and men who… Continue reading The Lost Royal Jewels of Marie Antoinette
Recreating Marie Antoinette’s Perfume
Re-imagining the sensuous scent of a Queen. France, 1790 - Imagine...you are Queen Marie Antoinette, awaiting the arrival of your private perfumer in the gardens of Trianon, a short distance from Versailles. You intend to ask your royal perfumer, Jean-Louis, to create a scent that embodies the spirit of Trianon, your place of happiness and… Continue reading Recreating Marie Antoinette’s Perfume
A Life of Luxury or a Living Nightmare?
Marie Antoinette, known for her lavish lifestyle of self-indulgence, possessed what is now one of the 14 Most Expensive Jewels In The World—a sparkling diamond necklace with one lush 1.84 karat pink diamond and two yellow accent diamonds of 7.06 and 5.24 karats. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cScKgXZ571o Although the beautiful and spoiled queen lived an indulgent life during… Continue reading A Life of Luxury or a Living Nightmare?
The Secret Life of Marie Antoinette
Welcome! Today, let’s stroll down a garden path to the Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette’s place of escape from the rigid rules and etiquette of French court. Let's peek into the private life and secluded residence of Marie Antoinette. The Petit Trianon The history of the Petit Trianon, designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel, is an interesting one… Continue reading The Secret Life of Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette – A Notorious Beauty at the Court of Versailles, France.
Marie Antoinette was not only notorious for her scandalous behavior but also for her sense of fashion and beauty. In the following portrait of Marie Antoinette Joseph Ducreux painted at the young age of thirteen in 1769, the artist captures her glowing beauty. While Marie awaited her nuptials in Austria, this miniature portrait was sent… Continue reading Marie Antoinette – A Notorious Beauty at the Court of Versailles, France.
Life in the time of Marie Antoinette at the Palace of Versailles
Bonjour! Welcome to the Palace of Versailles, the country residence of the notorious Queen Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI. As you promenade the full length of the 239.5 feet Hall of Mirrors to pay your respects at the foot of the throne of King Louis XVI, you are awed by the 17 magnificent archways… Continue reading Life in the time of Marie Antoinette at the Palace of Versailles
The Dirty Secrets of Versailles
What are the Dirty Secrets of Versailles? "Rumors of members of the court relieving themselves in the corner of stairwells, of a King holding audiences on his throne, a chair with a hole in the seat..." (Versailles' dirty secrets - Toute L'Histoire, 2017). According to Toute L'Histoire, "cleanliness was defined as having good breath and… Continue reading The Dirty Secrets of Versailles