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The Wild, The Beautiful & The Damned at Hampton Court Palace

Picture taken by me, and it’s pretty good for a mobile phone pic don’t you think? Today, at quarter past eight in the morning, the other half and I toddled off to the train station and began to make our … Continue reading

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Barbara Villiers Part 4: Downfall and Death

Barbara Villiers by Sir Peter Lely ┬áIt’s been a while since I posted about Barbara Villiers, mainly because writing about how her relationship with Charles affected Catherine of Braganza got me a little teared up. I can’t help it, this … Continue reading

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Barbara Villiers Part 3: The Cracks Begin To Show

Helen McCrory as Barbara Villiers in “Charles II: The Power & The Passion” In the last post, I wrote about Barbara’s early years at court, her rise to being known as “Lady Castlemaine”, the rocky relationship with her husband and … Continue reading

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Barbara Villiers Part 2: "The Finest Woman Of Her Age"

Charles II and Lady Castlemaine by William Powell Frith In the last post, I wrote about Barbara Villiers early life, the early scandals that attached themselves to her, her marriage to Roger Palmer and the beginnings of her career at … Continue reading

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Barbara Villiers – Part 1

Barbara Villiers by Sir Peter Lely The name Barbara Villiers conjures up images of a greedy, power hungry woman who had King Charles II wrapped around her little finger. This woman is exceptionally fascinating, how did she retain such favour … Continue reading

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