The Elizabethan Country House And The Cult Of Sovereignty

From 1570 – 1620 one can chart the ‘Elizabethan building boom’[1]. Here, we see an unprecedented rise in the building of ‘proud, ambitious heaps’[2] and the beginnings of the ‘architect’ as an entity in the cultural, economic and social landscape. Architectural historian Sir John Summerson credits ‘the most daring of all English buildings’[3] as the … Continue reading The Elizabethan Country House And The Cult Of Sovereignty

Porcelain, Palaces and the Dutch Influence in 17th Century England

Royal incentive enabled trends to catch across Europe in the interests of fashion and Queen Mary II and King William III's arrival in England as co-regents swore in the Dutch decorative taste, fresh from their residences in the Netherlands. The King and Queen's collection of palaces followed the sequential pattern of those in France, decked … Continue reading Porcelain, Palaces and the Dutch Influence in 17th Century England

Madame de Montespan and Princess Palatine: A Note on May 27th

We encounter these two women at the same court: Versailles, which, in the 17th century, orbited around the Sun King - Louis XIV. That they existed within the same sphere and that, essentially, they were parallels, is something that I would like to explore a little. Especially, as providence would have it, that whilst Elisabeth Charlotte … Continue reading Madame de Montespan and Princess Palatine: A Note on May 27th