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Horace Walpole: Regency Author, Historian, Antiquarian and Politician

Horace Walpole by Joshua Reynolds, 1756

Builder of Strawberry Hill, author of The Castle of Otranto,

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Pierre Dupont de l’Étang: Regency Duellist

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An inspiration for both Joseph Conrad and Ridley Scott.

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The Game of Graces

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A pretty past time for young ladies….

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The Elephant of the Bastille

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” It was some mighty, visible phantom, one knew not what, standing erect beside the invisible spectre of the Bastille…”

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Lavender Shortbread

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Kelly Epstein shares her recipe for this delightful summer treat

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Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte

Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte wearing a double strand pearl choker.

An amazing woman, in uncertain times

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Louis XVI: Last King of France

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Louis XVI, born Louis-Auguste de France (23 August 1754 – 21 January 1793) ruled as King of France and Navarre from 1774 until 1791, and then as King of the French from 1791 to 1792. Suspended and arrested during the Insurrection of 10 August 1792, he was tried by the National Convention, found guilty of […]

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Marie Antoinette: Last Queen of France

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Born at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Maria Antonia was the daughter of Francis Stephen and Empress Maria Theresa; she was described as “a small, but completely healthy Archduchess.” Known at court as “Madame Antoine”, a French variation of her name, she was the fifteenth child, and the last daughter, born in the family. The […]

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Joséphine: First Empress of France

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Joséphine de Beauharnais (nee Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie June 23, 1763 – May 29, 1814) was the first wife of Napoléon Bonaparte and thus the first Empress of the French. Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie was born in Les Trois-Îlets, Martinique, to a slave-owning family that owned a sugar plantation. […]

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Napoleon I of France

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“The mightiest breath of life which ever animated human clay. ” Chateaubriand Napoleon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a general of the French Revolution, and the ruler of France as First Consul (Premier Consul) of the French Republic from 11 November 1799 to 18 May 1804, then as Emperor of the […]

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