I visited the Museum of London this week – the first time for quite a while and, as I wandered round, I found myself thinking that it might be interesting to look at how ordinary people chose to commemorate what was going on in their lives – for good or ill. So I shall begin in 1600 in London with a Delftware plate celebrating the long and prosperous reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Elizabethan Delftware plate, 1600
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I’ve always had a soft spot for Charles II (1630-1680). I know he is often thought of as a lascivious, extravagant king, always short of money and having running battles with Parliament. I see him rather differently. Partly because, I confess, I find him a very attractive man; I know this shouldn’t affect a rational view of him 337 years on, but there we are.
- Charles II by John Michael at his coronation. He wears King Edward’s crown and holds the newly made orb and sceptre.
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