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Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Romancing the Stuarts
The 3 May 2013 issue of TLS has an intriguing detail of a Restoration-era beaded basket of Charles II and Catherine of Braganza. The Holburne Museum of Bath, is seeking to acquire the basket, and a brief video of the Holburne's Direction, Alexander Sturgis being interviewed by the National Funding Scheme, provides a better view of the whole basket.
The Holburne Museum seems to be a
deserving resting place for the basket, as they already have an
embroidery or "stumpwork" of the story of Charles from hiding in the
"Royal Oak," and his flight in disguise to his accession to the throne. Both pieces are intricate. And their existence perhaps suggest some contemporaries' dedicated devotion not so much to the sacrality but to the romance of kingship.
Newton Key is Professor of British and early modern history at Eastern Illinois University; co-author of Early Modern England, and co-editor of Sources and Debates in English History, both 2nd ed., 2009. Follow on Academia, Twitter, or Bundlr.