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

Thoughts On The Women Who Inspired London Art by Lucy Merello Peterson for fellow historians and readers

The early-mid century London art scene has always been of particular interest to me, given my love affair with the Bloomsbury Group and their circle as they fox-trotted across the literary, artistic, philosophical and intellectual worlds of the new millennia. The Omega Set, in particular and their liberal play with the decorative arts was especially … Continue reading Thoughts On The Women Who Inspired London Art by Lucy Merello Peterson for fellow historians and readers

Marie Antoinette at Versailles: The Petit Trianon & Queen’s Hamlet

Among the grounds of Versailles, Le petit Trianon and its hamlet were Marie-Antoinette’s turn at the provincial life – as a hobbyist might take up historical re-enactment. A living, breathing, working set: Complete with rustic exteriors, windmill, bridge and players. The hamlet was a blend of fancy and function; as closely as it could be … Continue reading Marie Antoinette at Versailles: The Petit Trianon & Queen’s Hamlet