stuart king


I’d choose you.
In a hundred lifetimes.
In a hundred worlds.
In any version of reality.
I’d find you and I’d choose you.


‘‘Nostradamus always said that you would be the cause of my son’s death.
I never imagined you’d kill him by breaking his heart.’’

King James II before the gates of Londonderry, 1689. James’s Jacobite army besieged the Protestant-held town in April, when the king rode up to Bishop’s Gate and demanded its surrender. He received a volley of musket fire, accompanied by shouts of “no surrender,” an act which outraged the king. The ensuing siege lasted 105 days and cost the lives of 8,000 of the town’s defenders and inhabitants, but was ultimately broken by the arrival of three supply ships sent by King William III, Prince of Orange.

When James and all his rebel band,

Came up to Bishop’s Gate,

With heart and hand, and sword and shield,

We forced him to retreat. 

The cry was ‘no surrender,’

But come when duty calls,

With heart and hand, and sword and shield,

We’ll guard old Derry’s walls.” 


Francis De Valois Womanizer, passionate, seductive, hot.


 A Royal Passion: The Turbulent Marriage of Charles I and Henrietta Maria  //

Woven throughout is a story of love : a love that fuelled the couple’s desperate attempts to win back the idyllic life they had forged together; a love that drove the King to precipitate civil war to save his wife; a love that motivates them in their labours through many vicissitudes of fortune, yet brought them in the end to isolation, downfall and destruction. It was a love that shaped the course of British and work history, a love that was, as one observer of the time put it  “b e y o n d  e x p r e s s i o n”