XIV century

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The Vladislav hall is one of the most impressive of Prague Castle’s state rooms. Commissioned by Vladislav II, King of Bohemia, and completed in 1502, the hall was the largest secular space (62m x 16m x 13m) in medieval Prague and is considered a showcase of the most complex Middle Ages structures due to its stone vaulting system, spanning 16m, a refined engineering feat.

The hall was used for banquets, receptions, coronations, and other events of the Bohemian court. Even tournaments between knights who entered the hall on horseback for the jousting competitions. Today, the Vladislav hall is where presidents of the Czech Republic, and formerly Czechoslovakia, are sworn in.

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Ballet Evolved: At the Court of Louis XIV; part of the Royal Opera House’s exploration of the history and development of ballet.

The Bust of Charlemagne is a reliquary in the form of the bust of Charlemagne made around 1350, which contains the king’s skullcap. The reliquary is part of the Late Medieval treasure kept in the Aachen Cathedral Treasury. It is one of the most significant examples of Gothic goldwork and the best-known example of a reliquary bust anywhere. The reliquary is an idealised image, not an actual portrait of Charlemagne.

(Click on the image. It’s breathtaking.)

A beautiful photo of my 14th century inspired garb from Abbey Medieval Festival in Queensland. To those who are sending me messages/ asks - I’ll do a breakdown of this kit when I’m not on the road in a few days!

Thank you, James for the amazing photo!

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At Abbey Festival in Queensland for work. So exhausted that we went to bed at 7pm last night. It’s insanely busy, and I’ve met so many people!

Wearing a dress for the first time in ages, and I have a couple of new rad hats… so I guess I’m happy. One more day until we go home!

This table is one of the most magnificent surviving examples of the fashion for silver furniture, which spread to England from the court of Louis XIV at Versailles, during the reigns of the later Stuart monarchs. Its solid silver legs support an oak tabletop, overlaid with thick sheets of silver, bearing the marks of Andrew Moore (1640–1706), a silversmith from Bridewell in the City of London.

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⊱ 21st of Septembre 1640 : Birth of Philippe de France, Duke of Orléans.

After 23 years of chaste mariage between Louis XIII and Anne of Austria, Louis XIV was the miracle child. When two years later Philippe came into the world… Joy was overwhelming for the whole kingdom. Even Louis XIII, gloomy and equal to himself at his first son’s birth, was cheerful and happy for the second’s. The king desperate to even have one child, was now a beaming father of two boys. Moreover, this time, no one could ever doubt Philippe’s fatherhood, and when the child’ll grow up, everything in him would established his royal ascendance. As Louis was fair and blond as his mother, Philippe had the Medici dark hair and eyes, a long face and even later the same open mind for unusual loves, inherited from his father.

But more than his father, it will be his uncle, Gaston d’Orléans who’ll shape Philippe’s entire life. Because Gaston spend his whole life ploting against his older brother, and after him against his young nephew during the regency, Anne of Austria and her prime minister Giulio Mazarini decided to prevent this situation between Louis and Philippe. Louis will be king, royal, august, powerful. Philippe will remain by every mean his first and loyal submited subject. For this purpose, he’ll stay with women longer than boys usually do, won’t be allowed to play with swords, will be harshly punished as soon as he’ll opposed himself to Louis and will always be recall that even if he’s a “star” he’ll always come after the sun.

Philippe d’Orléans will remain all his life the most faithful prince in the kingdom, while fulfilling his dynastic and military duty with great success. So much, that Louis will take him off every military commandment but won’t prevent Philippe’s to be the root of all european royalty since nowadays.