Royalty in All Ages: The Amusements, Eccentricities, Accomplishments, Superstitions, and Frolics of the Kings and Queens of Europe

Royalty in All Ages: The Amusements, Eccentricities, Accomplishments, Superstitions, and Frolics of the Kings and Queens of Europe

by Rev. Thomas Firminger Thiselton Dyer
     
 

Royalty in All Ages: The Amusements, Eccentricities, Accomplishments, Superstitions, and Frolics of the Kings and Queens of Europe, written by Rev. Thomas Firminger Thiselton Dyer M.A. Oxon. With Six Etched Portraits From Contemporary Engravings. Published in London & New York in 1903. (483 pages)

PREFACE:

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Royalty in All Ages: The Amusements, Eccentricities, Accomplishments, Superstitions, and Frolics of the Kings and Queens of Europe, written by Rev. Thomas Firminger Thiselton Dyer M.A. Oxon. With Six Etched Portraits From Contemporary Engravings. Published in London & New York in 1903. (483 pages)

PREFACE:

It has been remarked that to write of the private and domestic acts of monarchs while still alive savours of scandal and bad taste, but when dead their traits of character, however strange and eccentric they may have been in their lifetime, at once become matter of history. Adopting this rule, we have confined ourselves in the present work to dealing with royalty in the past; and, in a field so wide, we have, as far as possible, endeavoured to make each chapter concise and representative of the subject treated. The following pages, whilst illustrating the marvellous versatility of royalty, when seriously analyzed tend to show how vastly superior the latter-day sovereigns have been when compared with those of earlier times, many of whose extraordinary freaks and vagaries as much degraded the throne, as the refined and cultivated tastes of her late Majesty Queen Victoria elevated and beautified it.
T. F. THISELTON-DYER.

CONTENTS:

Chapter I. Royalty at Play — Chapter Il. Freaks of Royalty — Chapter III. Royal Revelry — Chapter IV. Royal Epicures — Chapter V. Curious Fads of Royalty — Chapter VI. Dancing Monarchs — Chapter VII. Royal Hobbies — Chapter VIII. The Royal Hunt — Chapter IX. Royal Masques And Masquerades — Chapter X. Royalty in Disguise — Chapter XI. Royal Gamesters — Chapter XII. Royalty on the Turf — Chapter XIII. Royal Sports and Pastimes — Chapter XIV. Court Dwarfs — Chapter XV. Royal Pets — Chapter XVI. Royal Jokes and Humour — Chapter XVII. Royalty and Fashion — Chapter XVIII. Royalty Whipt and Married by Proxy — Chapter XIX. Court Jesters and Fools — Chapter XX. Royalty and the Drama — Chapter XXI. Royal Authors — Chapter XXII. Royal Musicians — Chapter XXIII. Superstitions of Royalty

LIST OF ETCHED PORTRAITS:

Queen Elizabeth — Edward I. — Edward III. — Charles II. — Charles IX., King Of France — Louis XIV.

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...In his moments of irritation Peter the Great, like William III. of England, would not hesitate to strike the person who had given him offence, whatever might be his rank; and, as his Majesty was easily upset, he was at times very lavish of his blows. His subjects, it is said, did not consider a blow from the Emperor an affront, and thought themselves honoured by an apology. But this was not the case with foreigners, for Le Blond, a French architect whom the Czar had invited into his dominions, having received the stroke of a cane in the first transport of imperial anger, took it so much to heart that he sickened of a fever and died.
...The Czar Nicholas was fond of frightening or fascinating people by his eyes, and it is said that one of his terrible glances once terrified a Swedish admiral into the Russian service. On another occasion, we are told how happening to encounter a poor fellow who had strolled into the private part of the Imperial Park, Nicholas gazed at him with so fierce a glance that the trespasser was stricken with brain-fever. This strange peculiarity of the Czar reminds us of Augustus, who, according to Suetonius, was always well pleased with those persons who, when addressing him, looked upon the ground, as though there were a divine splendour in his eyes, too dazzling for them to gaze upon.

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Publication date:
05/01/2013
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