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Food Fit for Kings

When you sit down to your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners you may not realise it but you are about to enjoy dishes once presented and eaten at the court of Henry VIII and his queen, Katharine of Aragon. In America, according to popular belief, the Thanksgiving Dinner celebrates the survival of the first year the… Continue reading Food Fit for Kings

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Louis XIV: The Real King of Versailles. Josephine Wilkinson

A Review. If you enjoyed the TV series Versailles, then I suggest you read Josephine Wilkinson’s biography of Louis XIV: The Real King of Versailles, published in 2019. Sketch of Louis XIV c1655. Charles le Brun (1619 - 1690).  In anticipation of Dr Wilkinson’s forthcoming book, The Man in the Iron Mask (US. Pegasus, 6th July… Continue reading Louis XIV: The Real King of Versailles. Josephine Wilkinson

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Renaissance Watercolours : From Durer to Van Dyck. By Mark Evans. A review.

This magnificent book by Dr Evans, senior curator of paintings and water colours at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, is a must for those interested in early modern and Renaissance art.  Published in July 2020, this catalogue accompanied an exhibition.  Sadly, I never made it to the museum in South Kensington due to the pandemic, but having… Continue reading Renaissance Watercolours : From Durer to Van Dyck. By Mark Evans. A review.

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‘One Morning at Versailles’

A short story by Josephine Wilkinson There’s something about a garden in the early autumn, don’t you think? In spring, the plants, the shrubs and trees hold out their promise for the coming season, but the autumn sees them begin to take on their colourful winter foliage or shed it all together. As I surveyed… Continue reading ‘One Morning at Versailles’