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annis
Bibliomaniac

Postby annis » Sat October 16th, 2010, 5:21 pm

I’m the unwilling guest of Ezzelino da Romano, podestà of Padua, and powerful lieutenant of Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II. I’m shocked and unnerved when I’m unceremoniously pushed into a room and come face-to-face with the Emperor himself.

“There, lounging in a chair, fondling the ears of a brindled wolfhound, I first saw the Wonder of the World, stupor mundi, Frederick II von Hohenstaufen.

He was tall, that struck me first. Tall and elegant. He had straight fair hair fadng to grey – cut to the very needlepoint of fashion in a way that disguised the fact that it was quite thin -- that framed his beardless face. It was not a young face, but still handsome, and my first thought was that I had seen it before. Frederick looked like nothing less than an ancient statue of the Romans, of the kind one can see lying tumbled in the weeds of the Campo Vaccino. He had piercing blue eyes, a high, lined brow, and red, somewhat bony cheeks. His nose was straight and his chin jutted, and his mouth was thin but curved like a Saracen’s bow. I saw age there, and wisdom, and a lifetime spent in the burning sun of Italy.. But not cruelty. The blue eyes alighted on me, unblinking, alarmingly birdlike for a moment, and I swallowed in sudden fear. Then he did blink, and I realised that I had been regarded, not with malign intent, but with a ferocious intelligence, an almost inhuman keenness.”


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Currently reading: Fool's Crusade by Pip Vaughan-Hughes
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Madeleine
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Thu November 11th, 2010, 4:59 pm

I'm in present-day Bon Temps, Louisiana. And it's cold.
Currently reading "The Dark Angel" by Elly Griffiths

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donroc
Compulsive Reader
Location: Winter Haven, Florida
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Postby donroc » Fri November 12th, 2010, 12:07 am

My MC Bodo becomes a subdeacon.

Bernard of Septimania takes over as number 2 in the Carolingian Empire.
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Bodo the Apostate, a novel set during the reign of Louis the Pious and end of the Carolingian Empire.

http://www.donaldmichaelplatt.com
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annis
Bibliomaniac

Postby annis » Fri November 12th, 2010, 10:42 pm

Attending a reception and banquet in Halifax, Canada, given for the Duke of Schweigerei by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent. I'm escorting the beautiful Madame Julie de St Laurent, much to the Prince's delight. Not realising she is the Prince's mistress, I've unwittingly achieved a social coup by introducing her into polite society, which the Prince himself is unable to do.

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Currently reading: Quarterdeck, by Julian Stockwin.

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Ariadne
Bibliophile
Location: At the foothills of Mt. Level

Postby Ariadne » Sat November 13th, 2010, 12:53 am

Fascinating to learn more about Mme de Saint-Laurent via that link, Annis. I hadn't realized her life had been documented to that extent.

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Misfit
Bibliomaniac
Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Sat November 13th, 2010, 1:18 am

Old California, just arrived to be wed to Don Francisco's only son.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

annis
Bibliomaniac

Postby annis » Sat November 13th, 2010, 2:56 am

Posted by Ariadne
Fascinating to learn more about Mme de Saint-Laurent via that link, Annis. I hadn't realized her life had been documented to that extent.


I'm surprised no one's written a novel about her! Royal mistresses are usually a popular subject, and by all accounts she was quite ravishing. There are all sorts of conflicting stories about her, but the Dictionary of Canadian Biography entry seemed the best-researched and most credible version. It was written by Mollie Gillen, the author of a non-fiction book about Mme de St Laurent and Prince Edward, called The prince and his lady: the love story of the Duke of Kent and Madame de St Laurent (London, 1970; repr. Halifax, 1985).

I have to say she sounds a most forbearing lady - after 26 years as the prince's mistress and closest companion, she gracefully retires from the scene so that he can marry as his duty demands!

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Misfit
Bibliomaniac
Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Mon November 15th, 2010, 12:36 am

Buckinghamshire 1850's. My intended's brother has just given me a most lovely Christmas present. Her name is Glencoe.

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At home with a good book and the cat...

...is the only place I want to be

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Madeleine
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Mon November 15th, 2010, 8:11 pm

"Misfit" wrote:Buckinghamshire 1850's. My intended's brother has just given me a most lovely Christmas present. Her name is Glencoe.

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Oh, she's adorable! :D
Currently reading "The Dark Angel" by Elly Griffiths

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Misfit
Bibliomaniac
Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Wed December 1st, 2010, 1:41 pm

Westpoint Academy
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At home with a good book and the cat...

...is the only place I want to be


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