Year: 2016

A Christmas Season Before Victoria

It is amazing how many of our Christmas “traditions” are less than 200 years old. The Yuletide, as the Anglo-influenced world sees it, is mostly Germanic and mostly the creation of Charles Dickens under the influence of Queen Victoria’s cultural trendsetting. By the way, I managed to get Charles Dickens into my forthcoming book, Mansfield… Read more A Christmas Season Before Victoria

The Tide Turns Against Caroline of Brunswick

Public popularity is a fickle, fickle thing. In fact, one of the things that will turn the public against you is becoming “too” popular. Worse, there was nothing so loathed in Regency England (and to some extent, today) as an underdog that seemed to be winning; support was on your side only as long as… Read more The Tide Turns Against Caroline of Brunswick

Napoleon Sold the Louisiana Territory because Haitians Kicked His Butt

In 1803 Napoleon Bonaparte had barely begun his quest to be the New Alexander and to create a French Empire that would rival that of the Romans. He had become a national hero in 1796 at the tender age of 26 when he led his troops in the French Revolutionary Army to victory against the… Read more Napoleon Sold the Louisiana Territory because Haitians Kicked His Butt

Happy Birthday to Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma

The second wife of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, Maria Ludovica Leopoldina Franziska Therese Josepha Lucia, was born 12 December 1791, the first child of Emperor Francis II of Austria by his second wife, Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily. Her name was revised to the more Francophone form, Maria Louise, when she wed Napoleon in… Read more Happy Birthday to Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma