as 2012 is drawing to a close, I thought it'd be fun to take a trip down memory lane and highlight some of the best posts of the year. Here we go:
Marie Therese Of France: a series of posts about the life of the sole surviving child of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette. She led a long extraordinary life full of tragedies, against which she bore up with courage and dignity.
Edith Cavell: Edith Cavell was a British nurse who, during World War I, helped allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium. Because of this, she was arrested and executed.
The Escape Of Charles II: after the Battle of Worchester, Charles II was a wanted man. Despite his tallness, which should have made him easy to spot, he managed to make an extraordinary escape and flee the country.
Brunhilda Of Austrasia: Brunhilda and her sister Galswintha married two brothers. But while Brunhilda's marriage was happy, Galswintha's was a disaster. She was killed by her husband and his mistress. Brunhilda decided to get revenge on them.
Captivity At the Tuileries: an extract from "Marie Antoinette at the Tuileries, 1789-1791" by Imbert de Saint-Amand, describing how closely guarded the French royal family was when imprisoned at the Tuleries.
Queen Elizabeth's War Work: during World War I, the Queen of the Belgians did everything she could to help her people. She visited the hospitals, took care of the wounded soldiers, consoled their families, and much more. And she rarely disclosed her identity to those she helped.
Madame Tallien: Madame Tallien is one of the most famous social figures of the Revolutionary and Empire periods. She was thrown in prison, where she met the future Empress Josephine, for being an aristocratic; caught the eye of Tallien, whom she used to save other Revolutionary prisoners; dictated the fashions of her time; and had, in the words of Napoleon, "two or three husbands and children with all the world".
Strafford's rise, fall and execution: Charles I's most able adviser became a scapegoat for Parliament's many grievances against the Church and State. He was condemned to death and executed. Even the King couldn't save him.
Catherine De Valois: after her husband, Henry V of England, died, Catherine decided to follow her heart and marry Owen Tudor. It's from her that the Tudor dynasty descended.
The Execution Of The Agasse Brothers: when the Agasse brothers were condemned to death for forgery, the French Revolutionaries, who had just passed a law decreeing that no blame nor prejudice should be attached to any friends or family members of any offender, went to great lengths to show their "friendship" to the Agasse family.
An Englishwoman In Germany During World War I: a few extracts taken from the journal of Lady Harriet Julia Jephson, an Englishwoman living in Germany when World War I broke out. Here, she related what living in a country that suddenly became hostile to foreigners meant and how difficult it was for them to go back home.