THE FASHIONABLE FACE OF THE RESTORATION

This talk looks at the women and fops in high society who risked disfigurement and sometimes death in their desire to look fashionable. Learn about the fascinating products sold to them by their wigmakers including false eyebrows, patches, and plumpers – their version...

RESTORATION LONDON

High society in Restoration England had strict rules of etiquette which you ignored at your peril. Learn the rules for taking snuff in company, the language of the fan and how to behave in the presence of people of higher status. Using the wonderful Samuel Pepys as...

LOUIS XIV AND THE POWER OF FASHION

Louis XIV learnt early on in his reign the perils of kingship and quickly took personal control of even the smallest details of matters of state and everyday life at his court. Fearful of his nobles he controlled them by establishing the most glittering Court in...

THE JACOBEANS

James 1st was called the wisest fool in Christendom but he was a a clever man. During his reign he supported theatre and the Arts and William Shakespeare wrote some of his finest plays to be performed at Court for the King. James was the guiding force which created...
SHAKESPEARE’S WORLD

SHAKESPEARE’S WORLD

Coming as a country bumpkin to England’s Tudor capital. William Shakespeare had much to learn if he was to succeed both as a playwright and actor. 16th century London was a violent and treacherous place to navigate. Every playwright’s goal was a Court performance but...