Saturday, September 29, 2007

I'm reading Michael Barone's new book

it's called the Glorious Revolution.

I know nothing about English history between the two Queen Elizabeths, so it was all new to me. But I like to know what the main characters looked like.

Imagine my surprise and dismay when I went searching for illustrations. There weren't any.

The above is Charles II, the Merry Monarch. He had 14 illegitimate children, give or take a few. Does he or doesn't he look like a guy who knows how to woo the ladies? How about those dainty ankles?

His brother, who eventually succeeded him as James II, also no slouch.

When James' first wife died, he sent emissaries to scout for another wife with the right connections. He insisted on a beautiful women, although Charles advised him that you could get used to any face in a week.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. Do you think we could get used to Hillary Rodham Clinton's face in a week? Or even a week of millenia?

Charles never saw the lady. And neither did Will Rogers, I'm sure.