History

The Courtiers

Splendor and Intrigue in the Georgian Court at Kensington Palace

Author: Lucy Worsley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9780802778475

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 7169

Kensington Palace is now most famous as the former home of Diana, Princess of Wales, but the palace's glory days came between 1714 and 1760, during the reigns of George I and II . In the eighteenth century, this palace was a world of skulduggery, intrigue, politicking, etiquette, wigs, and beauty spots, where fans whistled open like switchblades and unusual people were kept as curiosities. Lucy Worsley's The Courtiers charts the trajectory of the fantastically quarrelsome Hanovers and the last great gasp of British court life. Structured around the paintings of courtiers and servants that line the walls of the King's Staircase of Kensington Palace-paintings you can see at the palace today-The Courtiers goes behind closed doors to meet a pushy young painter, a maid of honor with a secret marriage, a vice chamberlain with many vices, a bedchamber woman with a violent husband, two aging royal mistresses, and many more. The result is an indelible portrait of court life leading up to the famous reign of George III , and a feast for both Anglophiles and lovers of history and royalty.
Great Britain

Courtiers

The Secret History of Kensington Palace

Author: Lucy Worsley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571238903

Category: Great Britain

Page: 402

View: 8569

An eye-opening portrait of an enthralling group of royal servants, Courtiers also throws new light on the dramatic life of George II and Queen Caroline.
History

The Courtiers

Splendor and Intrigue in the Georgian Court at Kensington Palace

Author: Lucy Worsley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 0802719872

Category: History

Page: 402

View: 7947

An 18th-century portrait of the palace most recognized as an official home of several British royal family members focuses on the Hanover family during the reigns of George I and II, describing the intrigue, ostentatious fashions and politicking that marked court life. By the author of Cavalier.
History

Courtiers

The Secret History of the Georgian Court

Author: Lucy Worsley

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571258263

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 3137

In the eighteenth century, the palace's most elegant assembly room was in fact a bloody battlefield. This was a world of skulduggery, politicking, wigs and beauty-spots, where fans whistled open like flick-knives. Ambitious and talented people flocked to court of George II and Queen Caroline in search of power and prestige, but Kensington Palace was also a gilded cage. Successful courtiers needed level heads and cold hearts; their secrets were never safe. Among them, a Vice Chamberlain with many vices, a Maid of Honour with a secret marriage, a pushy painter, an alcoholic equerry, a Wild Boy, a penniless poet, a dwarf comedian, two mysterious turbaned Turks and any number of discarded royal mistresses. An eye-opening portrait of a group of royal servants, Courtiers also throws new light on the dramatic life of George II and Queen Caroline at Kensington Palace.
History

If Walls Could Talk

An Intimate History of the Home

Author: Lucy Worsley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 080271272X

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 4245

"Worsley is a thoughtful, charming, often hilarious guide to life as it was lived, from the mundane to the esoteric.” -The Boston Globe Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? Why did medieval people sleep sitting up? When were the two "dirty centuries”? Why, for centuries, did rich people fear fruit? In her brilliantly and creatively researched book, Lucy Worsley takes us through the bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen, covering the history of each room and exploring what people actually did in bed, in the bath, at the table, and at the stove-from sauce stirring to breast-feeding, teeth cleaning to masturbating, getting dressed to getting married-providing a compelling account of how the four rooms of the home have evolved from medieval times to today, charting revolutionary changes in society.
History

Cavalier

A Tale of Chivalry, Passion, and Great Houses

Author: Lucy Worsley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781596919419

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 1461

William Cavendish embodied the popular image of a cavalier. He was both courageous and cultured. His passions were architecture, horses, and women. And, along with the whole courtly world of King Charles I and his cavaliers, he was doomed to failure. Cavendish was a master of manège (the art of teaching horses to dance) and obsessed with building beautiful houses in the latest style. He taught Charles I's son to ride, and was the general of the king's army in the north during the Civil War. Famously defeated at the Battle of Marston Moor in 1644, he went into a long continental exile before returning to England in triumph upon the restoration of King Charles II to the throne in 1660. This is the story of one remarkable man, but it is also a rich evocation of what sustained him-his elaborate household. Lucy Worsley brings to life the complex and fascinating hierarchies among the inhabitants of the great houses of the seventeenth century, painting a picture of conspiracy, sexual intrigue, clandestine marriage, and gossip. From Ben Jonson and Anthony Van Dyck to long-forgotten servants, Cavalier recreates the cacophony, stink, ceremony, and splendor of the stately home and its inhabitants.
History

The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock

Author: Lucy Worsley

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 1605987190

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 2184

The history of the evolution of the traditional English murder, from Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to the cozy crimes of the Golden Age. Murder—a dark, shameful deed, the last resort of the desperate or a vile tool of the greedy. And a very strange obsession. But where did this fixation develop? And what does it tell us about ourselves? Our fascination with crimes like these became a form of national entertainment, inspiring novels and plays, prose and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism. At a point during the birth of the modern era, murder entered the popular psyche, and it’s been a part of us ever since. The Art of the English Murder is a unique exploration of the art of crime—and a riveting investigation into the English criminal soul by one of our finest historians.
Young Adult Fiction

My Name Is Victoria

Author: Lucy Worsley

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 076368807X

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 384

View: 3969

Miss V. Conroy is good at keeping secrets. But when her father sends her to Kensington Palace to become the companion to Princess Victoria, Miss V soon finds that she can no longer remain in the shadows. In an engaging, immersive tale, Worsley spins one of England's best-known periods into a fresh and surprising story.
Cooking

Chocolate Fit For A Queen

Author: Historic Royal Palaces Enterprises Limited

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473528194

Category: Cooking

Page: 128

View: 5441

This beautiful book is filled with over 35 exquisite chocolate recipes from Chocolate Orange Madeleines and Salted Caramel Brownies to White Chocolate Scones with Strawberries and Clotted Cream and of course the quintessential royal chocolate treat, Spiced Hot Chocolate. Through these delectable recipes learn the history of making, drinking and eating chocolate from its very beginnings to the royal chocolate kitchen at Hampton Court Palace right up to the present day. Discover why chocolate was considered a status symbol, how it was thought to have medicinal qualities, and the part that chocolate houses played in court life as pleasure haunts for the elite. Including chapters on Chocolate Cakes, Pastries and Tarts, Teatime Bites and Biscuits, and Drinks and Sauces as well as fascinating anecdotes about the infamous royals and their connection to the history of chocolate, this charming book provides everything you need to know to make your own chocolate recipes fit for a Queen.
Biography & Autobiography

Jane Austen at Home

A Biography

Author: Lucy Worsley

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250131618

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 8752

"Jane Austen at Home offers a fascinating look at Jane Austen's world through the lens of the homes in which she lived and worked throughout her life. The result is a refreshingly unique perspective on Austen and her work and a beautifully nuanced exploration of gender, creativity, and domesticity."--Amanda Foreman, bestselling author of Georgianna, Duchess of Devonshire Take a trip back to Jane Austen's world and the many places she lived as historian Lucy Worsley visits Austen's childhood home, her schools, her holiday accommodations, the houses--both grand and small--of the relations upon whom she was dependent, and the home she shared with her mother and sister towards the end of her life. In places like Steventon Parsonage, Godmersham Park, Chawton House and a small rented house in Winchester, Worsley discovers a Jane Austen very different from the one who famously lived a 'life without incident'. Worsley examines the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her, and the varying ways in which homes are used in her novels as both places of pleasure and as prisons. She shows readers a passionate Jane Austen who fought for her freedom, a woman who had at least five marriage prospects, but--in the end--a woman who refused to settle for anything less than Mr. Darcy. Illustrated with two sections of color plates, Lucy Worsley's Jane Austen at Home is a richly entertaining and illuminating new book about one of the world’s favorite novelists and one of the subjects she returned to over and over in her unforgettable novels: home.
Young Adult Fiction

Maid of the King's Court

Author: Lucy Worsley

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763688061

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 368

View: 9449

Originally published as Eliza Rose by Bloomsbury Publishing (U.K.) in 2016.
Architecture

The Royal Palaces of London

Author: David Souden,Lucy Worsley,Brett Dolman

Publisher: Merrell Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781858944234

Category: Architecture

Page: 223

View: 2790

'The Royal Palaces of London' brings together the stories of these buildings and the characters, events and art that have filled their grand spaces and intimate corners from the Norman Conquest to modern times.
History

The Art of the English Murder

From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock

Author: Lucy Worsley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781605989099

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 4158

A historian explores the fascination with crime being the basis for national entertainment, highlighting the Ratcliff Highway Murders and Frederick and Maria Manning case—which sold papers, caused fear and panic and sparked the imaginations of many writers—in a book that was the basis for the BBC program A Very British Murder. 10,000 first printing.
History

The Beau Monde

Fashionable Society in Georgian London

Author: Hannah Greig

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191664014

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 4315

Caricatured for extravagance, vanity, glamorous celebrity and, all too often, embroiled in scandal and gossip, 18th-century London's fashionable society had a well-deserved reputation for frivolity. But to be fashionable in 1700s London meant more than simply being well dressed. Fashion denoted membership of a new type of society - the beau monde, a world where status was no longer determined by coronets and countryseats alone but by the more nebulous qualification of metropolitan 'fashion'. Conspicuous consumption and display were crucial; the right address, the right dinner guests, the right possessions, the right jewels, the right seat at the opera. The Beau Monde leads us on a tour of this exciting new world, from court and parliament to London's parks, pleasure grounds, and private homes. From brash displays of diamond jewellery to the subtle complexities of political intrigue, we see how membership of the new elite was won, maintained - and sometimes lost. On the way, we meet a rich and colourful cast of characters, from the newly ennobled peer learning the ropes and the imposter trying to gain entry by means of clever fakery, to the exile banned for sexual indiscretion. Above all, as the story unfolds, we learn that being a Fashionable was about far more than simply being 'modish'. By the end of the century, it had become nothing less than the key to power and exclusivity in a changed world.
Juvenile Fiction

Lady Mary

Author: Lucy Worsley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408870134

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 336

View: 415

By turns thrilling, dramatic and touching, this is the story of Henry the Eighth and Catherine of Aragon's divorce as you've never heard it before - from the eyes of their daughter, Princess Mary. More than anything Mary just wants her family to stay together; for her mother and her father - and for her - to all be in the same place at once. But when her father announces that his marriage to her mother was void and by turns that Mary doesn't really count as his child, she realises things will never be as she hoped. Things only get worse when her father marries again. Separated from her mother and forced to work as a servant for her new sister, Mary must dig deep to find the strength to stand up against those who wish to bring her down. Despite what anyone says, she will always be a princess. She has the blood of a princess and she is ready to fight for what is rightfully hers.
History

Behind Closed Doors

Author: Amanda Vickery

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300188560

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 6314

In this brilliant new work, Amanda Vickery unlocks the homes of Georgian England to examine the lives of the people who lived there. Writing with her customary wit and verve, she introduces us to men and women from all walks of life: gentlewoman Anne Dormer in her stately Oxfordshire mansion, bachelor clerk and future novelist Anthony Trollope in his dreary London lodgings, genteel spinsters keeping up appearances in two rooms with yellow wallpaper, servants with only a locking box to call their own. Vickery makes ingenious use of upholsterer’s ledgers, burglary trials, and other unusual sources to reveal the roles of house and home in economic survival, social success, and political representation during the long eighteenth century. Through the spread of formal visiting, the proliferation of affordable ornamental furnishings, the commercial celebration of feminine artistry at home, and the currency of the language of taste, even modest homes turned into arenas of social campaign and exhibition.
History

In Bed with the Georgians

Sex, Scandal and Satire in the 18th Century

Author: Mike Rendell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1473884381

Category: History

Page: 176

View: 3074

In Bed with the Georgians provides a fascinating insight into life under the bed-clothes in Georgian England, where the Madams and pimps were able to thrive in the eighteenth century like never before. It looks at high-class seraglios as well as the brothels, jelly-houses and bagnios which flourished openly, especially in the area around Covent Garden. It looks at courtesans from the highest echelons of society, the kept women, the sex-workers in 'houses of pleasure', down through to the street walkers and common whores. It shows the way that the sex scene was portrayed in contemporary letters and press reports, and focuses on royal scandals, aristocratic shenanigans and immoral behaviour. The book looks at the role of Grub Street, the growth of celebrity status, and the way courtesans occupied a demi-monde of great popularity, with their enormous wealth and conspicuous spending. In particular it looks at the way that caricaturists, such as Gillray, Rowlandson, Newton, and Cruikshank, pilloried the rich and famous for their peccadilloes, satirizing their wild excesses, and by so doing helped inform the general public of what their 'social superiors' were getting up to. This book is lavishly illustrated in colour and contains a useful glossary of many aspects of the world of the sex trade in London two and a half centuries ago.
History

Life in the Georgian Court

Author: Catherine Curzon

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 147384553X

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 4006

As the glittering Hanoverian court gives birth to the English Georgian era, a golden age of royalty dawns in Europe. Houses rise and fall, births, marriages and scandals change the course of history and in France, Revolution stalks the land. Peep behind the shutters of the opulent court of the doomed Bourbons, the absolutist powerhouse of Romanov Russia and the epoch-defining family whose kings gave their name to the era, the House of Hanover. Behind the pomp and ceremony were men and women born into worlds of immense privilege, yet beneath the powdered wigs and robes of state were real people living lives of romance, tragedy, intrigue and eccentricity. Take a journey into the private lives of very public figures and learn of arranged marriages that turned to love or hate and scandals that rocked polite society. Here the former wife of a king spends three decades in lonely captivity, Prinny makes scandalous eyes at the toast of the London stage and Marie Antoinette begins her last, terrible journey through Paris as her son sits alone in a forgotten prison cell. Life in the Georgian Court is a privileged peek into the glamorous, tragic and iconic courts of the Georgian world, where even a king could take nothing for granted.

The Strangest Family

The Private Lives of George III, Queen Charlotte and the Hanoverians

Author: Janice Hadlow,Martin Davidson

Publisher: William Collins

ISBN: 9780007165209

Category:

Page: 704

View: 9071

George III came to the throne in 1760 with a mission: he wanted to be a new kind of king, one whose power was rooted in the affection and approval of his people. 'The Strangest Family' is the story of how the best intentions can produce unhappy consequences.