Tag Archives: 17th Century

The Death of a Duke

15th July 1685, Tower Hill. A 35 year old man climbs the scaffolding erected on Tower Hill the purpose of this moment, the moment of his death. The last person on his mind is not his long suffering wife or … Continue reading

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Nell Gwynn at the Globe

Editing phase 1 has been completed for my Monmouth book and I am happy to announce that the title has officially changed to The Duke of Monmouth, His Life and Rebellion and after a few weeks off and settling into … Continue reading

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The Execution of James Scott Duke of Monmouth

On the 15th July 1685 a 36 year old man was lead to the scaffold on Tower Hill. He would lose his head that day by the hand of the incompetent and notorious executioner Jack Ketch; it took 9 strokes … Continue reading

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Royal Oak Day

Image not Mine – Charles Hiding in the Royal Oak  Apologies for the huge gap in posts. It seems writing a book around life and work is harder than I thought and something had to give sadly blog posts were … Continue reading

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Belated Happy Birthday to Queen Anne

   Yesterday was the 351st anniversary of the Birth of Queen Anne, born 6th February 1665 at St James Palace. I find Anne a fascinating character. Many remember her as the last Stuart monarch, the queen who had 18 pregnancies … Continue reading

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The Death of Two 17th Century Women of Pleasure

   The 14th November sees the anniversary of the death of not 1 but 2 of Charles II mistresses, Nell Gwenn and her Catholic French rival “Fubbs” Louise de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth; in 1687 and 1734 respectively.  Both women … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Arabella Stuart 1615

   Today is a sad day in Stuart and 17th Century history as it marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Arabella Stuart in the Tower of London. Hers is a sad story of heartache and abandonment. Her story … Continue reading

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