A Round Robin from Kenrick

I, Goronwy Kenrick, receive so much of what you moderns call in your rebarbative parlance ‘fan mail’ that I feel I must reply ; yet, having no spare time (and that in itself is ironic, in view of my experiments with time, ha, ha!) I am taking advantage of another vulgar modern idea – the … Continue reading A Round Robin from Kenrick

Some Thoughts on the Terror…

Here's some jolly pictures pertaining to the execution of aristocrats during the French revolution. That is a of the guillotine used circa 1793, I shouldn't imagine the original was painted red, though I haven't been able to find out... I'm just breaking off here to make a few comments about the historical background to this … Continue reading Some Thoughts on the Terror…

Southern Georges Revels in Excess ..

Meanwhile, Georges, Emile's companion in roguishness and one time servant, is disporting himself - as usual in his time off from his warlord existence - in female company when he hears the news about Monsieur Gilles' romantic misadventures from one of his lieutenants. He's eating onion soup, and a very voluptuous woman with Titian colouring … Continue reading Southern Georges Revels in Excess ..

It Would be Writing a Spoiler to Say How Sophie comes to be in Revolutionary Paris…

It would be a spoiler to say how Sophie comes to turn up in Revolutionary Paris in May 1794 (when by all accounts she should be in her older brother John's house in Chester, before being despatched to Plas Uchaf, North Wales) , but anyway, Emile as Monsieur Gilles  meets her and is touched. Very … Continue reading It Would be Writing a Spoiler to Say How Sophie comes to be in Revolutionary Paris…

Sophie’s options are rather different than Emile’s…

Emile, the eponymous scoundrel of the title and the nephew of the Dowager Countess for whom Sophie de Courcy is companion, would normally have an enormous number of options compared to Sophie herself about his 'life choices'; as a eighteenth century aristocrat, he might have to marry for position, but that would not exactly fetter … Continue reading Sophie’s options are rather different than Emile’s…