Posts Tagged ‘England’

Anne Boleyn

19th of May 1536: execution of Anne Boleyn

Though I don’t write Tudor fiction, I am fascinated by Anne Boleyn. This anniversary gives me an opportunity to return to Gareth Russell’s gripping recounting of the downfall of the young Queen at Confessions of A Ci-Devant. “Archbishops had knelt before her, foreign rulers had showered her with gifts, evangelicals had celebrated her as God’s Chosen […]



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An interview of Elena Maria Vidal, author of Madame Royale

CD: Welcome back to Versailles and More, Elena, and thank you for kindly agreeing to discuss your book, Madame Royale, for our readers. The novel begins during Madame Royale’s exile in England. This works very well from a dramatic standpoint, and selfishly, I was delighted to see your book begin where and when mine ended. […]



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Madame Vigée-Lebrun, Regency England and Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

Frequent visitors to Versailles and more have become familiar with Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, one of the most successful painters of her time and Marie-Antoinette’s favorite portraitist. Madame Lebrun left France as early as October 1789, after the royal family relocated, much against their wishes, to the Tuileries. She traveled extensively in search of new patrons, in […]