Formal Gardens in the 17th Century: Ideas from Italy

Prior to the seventeenth century, the prodigy houses of the Elizabethan age were those sites privy to landscaping on the scale that we can later expect from Britain's grand country house gardens. This period of the Renaissance ushered in strands of Italianate influence, greatly received by a proportion of courtiers and gentry. Properties such as … Continue reading Formal Gardens in the 17th Century: Ideas from Italy

Thoughts On Lady M: The Life and Loves of Elizabeth Lamb, Viscountess Melbourne 1751 – 1818 by Colin Brown for fellow historians and readers

The best friend I ever had in my life, and the cleverest of women. So said Lord Byron of Lady Melbourne, 17 November 1813. Before we delve into Colin Brown's tidy paperback, let us first familiarise ourselves with Elizabeth Lamb, Viscountess Melbourne (née Milbanke; 1751 – 1818) and her timeline – one that spans grand old Georgian … Continue reading Thoughts On Lady M: The Life and Loves of Elizabeth Lamb, Viscountess Melbourne 1751 – 1818 by Colin Brown for fellow historians and readers

She Noted: Tabletop Talks – The Victorian Country House

When delivering a talk, my preparation varies depending on the topic. In this instance, I had made a last minute decision to switch the theme from the Elizabethan Prodigy House to the Victorian Country House as I'd been struggling to condense so sprawling a topic as the prodigy house and cult of sovereignty. It's always … Continue reading She Noted: Tabletop Talks – The Victorian Country House