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Elégance

//French// Love many things but especially, Marie-Antoinette, Louis XVI, Louis XIV,Palace of Versailles, 18th Century, History, Nicolas le Floch, Paris, New-York, Friends, The Tudors, Lord of the Rings, Raphaël Personnaz, Prince William, Kate Middleton,  John Mayer, James Dean, Mumford and Sons, Josh Groban

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fladdermusen:

ULF G B☮HLIN • InteriorDesign - RLH Walnut-Framed Louis XVI Chair & Victorian Bookcase -  RLHCollection.  

fladdermusen:

ULF G B☮HLIN • InteriorDesign - RLH Walnut-Framed Louis XVI Chair & Victorian Bookcase -  RLHCollection.  

mimijag:

Toulouse, my city, ville rose…personal pics

viscountnelson:

slojnotak:

Joseph Wright ‘of Derby’ - Mr and Mrs Thomas Coltman (1770-2)

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viscountnelson:

slojnotak:

Joseph Wright ‘of Derby’ - Mr and Mrs Thomas Coltman (1770-2)

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queenwydville:

THE MARRIAGE OF THE CENTURY: EDWARD III & PHILIPPA OF HAINAULT

After Philippa and Edward’s marriage was arranged, at the time Philippa, the second daughter, was about twelve years of age, Edward perhaps two years older, and the wedding, it was agreed, would happen at some point within the next two years.  Edward’s visit lasted for 8 days, at the end of which, when Edward left, Philippa is said to have wept bitterly. 

Edward was to meet Philippa again in January 1328 at the gates of York and they were married the following day in York Minster.  This began a marriage that lasted for forty years until Philippa’s death in 1369.  In character, they matched each other perfectly.  They enjoyed books - Philippa particularly enjoyed romances - and hunting, celebrations  and extravagant festivities.  They also enjoyed their family, Philippa producing twelve children, Edward being a loving and generous father.  Edward was the flamboyant one: Philippa had a strong streak of common sense and loyalty to Edward, both of which he needed to put his reign on a firm footing.  Until Alice Perrers joined the royal court in somewhere about 1364, it is believed that Edward never took a mistress, something unusual for medieval kings.  

So what happened in those eight days in Valenciennes in July 1326 between Edward and Philippa that caused Philippa to weep so bitterly when her young suitor left?  We have no idea, which provides perfect territory for a writer of historical fiction.  Whatever attraction there was between the two young people, it laid the foundation for one of the most important and successful marriages in English history.

gloriaswanson:

Norma Shearer having lunch on the set of Marie Antoinette, 1938

gloriaswanson:

Norma Shearer having lunch on the set of Marie Antoinette, 1938

16chakras:

St Cecilia by Bernardo Strozzi 1581-1644 Italian

16chakras:

St Cecilia by Bernardo Strozzi 1581-1644 Italian