Are you waiting impatiently for season 2 of Victoria? If so, you can always pass the time reading yet another book about her! Have you tried "Dressing Queen Victoria"? No? Grab it while you can, it's so interesting!
Debate about the identity of Michael Sittow's sitter is revived again. The first portrait shows a young woman wearing a sumptuous necklace decorated with "Ks" -...for years this portrait was believed to represent Katharine of Aragon, yet several years ago the identification was changed to Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's younger sister. "Ks" can represent a Christian name, Katharine, or a Latin version of Charles V's name, Karolus, since Mary Tudor was engaged to Charles in the early 1500s. I've always believed this is Katharine of Aragon yet I find the idea that this can be Mary Tudor quite compelling. And, since there is no conclusive evidence, the sitter can be either Katharine or Mary.
Whoever she is, the sitter's beauty has evidently charmed Sittow who used her face in three of his other portraits - "Mary Magdalene", "Madonna and Child" and "Assumption of the Virgin". Based on this fact alone I would assume the sitter is Mary Tudor who had a reputation of a great beauty whereas Katharine of Aragon was never described as such.
After sharing this a few days ago, I've received many inquiries as to where can you get this book "Dressing Queen Victoria". Info down below for you guys!
If you miss Victoria (Jenna Coleman returns in season 3 next year!), you can always read a book about our favourite Queen. This is my Victorian bookshelf, with ..."Dressing Queen Victoria", a new addition to my library! It's such a great book. Are YOU reading anything Victorian at the moment?
"Knightfall", a new period drama about the Knights Templar , is quite compelling although not historically accurate. I liked it, although for many years I was hoping for an adaptation of "The Accursed Kings", a series of historical novels by Maurice Druon about the French monarchy in the 14th century. I enjoy "Knightfall" for what it is - a piece of lavish historical fiction. What about you?
Is anyone watching "Knightfall"? http://www.townandcountrymag.com/…/knightfall-history-chan…/
If you're looking for something interesting to read this Christmas, I highly recommend "Dressing Queen Victoria". Best enjoyed with a cup of hot chocolate! www.amazon.com/Dressing-Queen-Victoria-Intimate-Illustra…/…/
I already know what I'll be reading this Christmas! www.amazon.com/Dressing-Queen-Victoria-Intimate-Illustra…/…/
Many of you asked where can you get "Dressing Queen Victoria", the book I've mentioned in my last post. Here you go! https://www.amazon.com/Dressing-Queen-Victoria-Intimate-…/…/
Speaking of Queen Victoria, I've seen there's a lovely book about her so if you're looking for something (other than The White Queen) to read, here's an idea for you!
Are you guys watching anything historical at the moment? I'm totally in love with this TV show called "Victoria", about the early reign of Queen Victoria. Have you seen it?
I receive tons of e-mails from people who want me to recommend a book about the women who featured in The White Princess. Personally, I really liked Alicia Carter's "The Women of the Wars of the Roses: Margaret Beaufort, Elizabeth of York and Elizabeth Woodville". It's easy to read, well-researched and accessible if you're new to the story. Well worth a read!