charles ii and his lady friends


“My dearest, beloved Emma, the dear friend of my bosom” - Lord Nelson to Emma Hamilton circa. 1805

“My love is selfish. I cannot breathe without you. Yours for ever” - John Keats to Fanny Brawne circa. 1817

“….for that were making a comparison where t’is impossible to expresse the true passion and kindnesse I have for my dearest, dearest Fubs. C & L” - King Charles II of England to Louise de Kerouaille

“My dearest Girl….” - John Keats to Fanny Brawne circa. 1817

“Ma chere amie” - Giacomo Casanova to a lady (perhaps his beloved Henriette), sent from Parma in presumably the 1740s.

“Ewig dein, ewig mein, ewig unß (Forever yours, forever mine, forever us) - Ludwig van Beethoven to his mysterious “Immortal Beloved” in the famous 1812 letter.

The drawing of an angel (with labels of anatomy e.g. her hairdo, her breasts) - from a dirty letter written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Maria Anna Thekla circa. 1780

~ how to start and finish a love letter, with help from great lovers of the past.

curiouscarson  asked:

I remember you doing a 'types as vampires' post. Could you do a types as royalty post? Maybe with historical examples? No rush, and no worried if you don't want to.

I can’t do only royals, my history knowledge isn’t expansive enough – but I’ll do as many as I can and use historical figure inserts for the rest. (Some are fleshed out, if I know them well. Others less so.)

ENTJ: Isabella de Castile. Brilliant strategist. Always thinking ten steps ahead. Business-minded. First thing she did when Columbus came back claiming he found land was to write the Pope for permission to claim all new lands and territories in the new world for Spain (profit!). (Elizabeth I was also one.)

INTJ: Thomas Cromwell. Political advisor to Henry VIII. Ingenious at making money. Forward thinking. Detached decisions. His downfall came at underestimating the power of the king’s (emotional) likes and dislikes. (Also, Thomas Jefferson.)

ENFJ: Marquis de Lafayette. Personable. Charming. People person. Forward thinker. Visionary. Good at spotting future trends. (Katharine of Aragon may have been one also. I’m iffy on her, but see more tert-Se than tert-Ne in her.)

INFJ: Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord. I know nothing about him, but a historian friend suggests him as one.

ESTJ: John Adams. Purposeful. Driven. Annoyed by incompetence, judicial injustice, and poor decisions. Forceful personality. Tended to use old systems to generate new possibilities and ideas.

ISTJ: Henry VII. I’m a little torn on this (small possibility of INTJ) but he seems so incredibly detail-oriented it’s likely. Financial genius. Reluctant to engage in foreign wars. Wary of the future. Loved changing his environment to reflect his taste. (George III was also an ISTJ… as is Elizabeth II. Maybe Lady Jane Grey.)

ESFJ: Elizabeth of York? She was very affectionate and beloved. Everyone respected what a “good and proper” queen she was. She was cautious, open-minded, good-natured, and warm.

ISFJ: Mary Tudor? I’ve not studied her extensively yet, but she could be emotional in public (her little brother once berated her Catholicism, and she burst into tears at the public humiliation of it) and was somewhat traditional in her views. She trusted advisors to think ahead for her, but her strong respect for “family” and “bloodline” kept Elizabeth I alive.

ENTP: Benjamin Franklin. Master of all trades. Loved new ideas. Pursued them with intelligence. Implemented change. Wit. Charm. Insults. (And Leonardo DaVinci.)

INTP: Charles Darwin. Enough said.

ENFP: Alexander Hamilton. I have minimal knowledge of him, everyone else argues ENTJ, but after discussions about him with a friend who presented me with different examples of his tendency to leap on ideas in the moment, excited for their potential, and wind up elsewhere than he intended, his tendency to change his mind, and his interactions with people, we concluded NeFiTe. (And Charles Dickens, and Victor Hugo.)

INFP: Edgar Allen Poe? I’m not sure about this one.

ESTP: Henry VIII. Always doing something. Master of sensation. Impulsive. Opportunistic. Intelligent but short-sighted at times. Good at taking chances. (Also Philip of Burgundy / the “Handsome.” And Winston Churchill.)

ISTP: John Paul Jones. Logical. Detached. Introspective, but impulsive and living in the moment. Decent at figuring out a future plan. Longed for social affirmation.

ESFP: Marie Antoinette. Opportunistic. Lover of sensual elements. Pursued new experiences and delights at the exclusion of all else. Lived for the moment. (Pretty sure Anne Boleyn was one too.)

ISFP: Mozart. Genius. Loved new experiences, but devoted more time to music. Internal pondering. Intense emotions. Somewhat distant at times.

anonymous asked:

What are your 3 favorite anecdotes from the Restoration?

1. Charles II’s brother, James (later James II) is sitting with his new lover, Lady Chesterfield, at the Queen’s card table. No one actually knows that they’ve been screwing and James’ OFFICIAL mistress, Lady Denham is sat across from them, quite unaware. James, being the sex #freek he was (he had a kink for green stockings), decides this is a great opportunity to time to start trying out public sex. He starts to do his thing under Lady Chesterfield’s skirts, both of them are probably having a jolly old time knowing that everyone is completely unaware that James is gonna make her lose her mind right there at the table. That is UNTIL they are clocked by Lord Hamilton, who reported the story (that’s how we know it happened). He says that he noticed James’ arm had disappeared under the table and under Chesterfield’s skirts “right up to his elbow” and as soon as James sees that he’s been found out, he pulls his arm up and out of that pussy so fast and so aggressively that he ‘almost undressed Lady Chesterfield in the process’ and no doubt almost caused the card table to collapse. Lady Denham is horrified but holds her tongue, saving her shouting for later. Lord Hamilton tells Lady Chesterfield’s husband, who in turn confronts James a few days later, effing and blinding.

2. Rake and wit Charles Sedley (known to his court friends as Sid the Kid) brings his little daughter, Catherine Sedley (who will later grow up to ALSO be a mistress of James II but that’s a story for another day) to a meeting with his pals. His bff, the Earl of Rochester is there, so presumably is Harry Savile, Charles Sackville etc. etc. Harry Killigrew is for sure there because he recorded this. These men who we now characterise as aggressive sex fiends and ruffians are absolutely BESOTTED with little Catherine. They nickname her Sid the Kid’s Kid. They’re cooing over her, and Catherine has brought all her dolls along to show them. Rochester puts Catherine on his knee and has a little chat with her about her dolls. Apparently, she showed them to him individually. One by one.

3. Nell Gwynn is feeling like this one afternoon, she wants to get the royal treatment from Charles II for a few hours but he’s having a really important chat with boring boring boring men like Shaftesbury and other Puritan sadfaces. But Nell wants SEX RIGHT NOW so she interrupts the conversation, tells Charles exactly what he should be doing (hint: it’s her), shocks all of his fusty ministers with her straightforwardness and vulgarity, and presumably it worked because Charles quickly ends business and goes to find her.

(in truth, there are so so many more….the Restoration era is like a fever dream. It’s like when Alice falls down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland)