The Role of the Royal Mistress in History
Lecturer: Caroline Rayman
Location: Amerikazentrum Hamburg e.V, Am Sandtorkai 48, 20457 Hamburg
(Please note that the entrance to the Amerikazentrum is at the back of the building, not the entrance on Sandtorkai)
This is a talk about the power and influence of the royal favourite through the ages. The importance of these ladies and their influence on the political and social life of their times is often portrayed in the paintings they inspired. Nell Gwyn, famous mistress of Charles II, is here shown in a portrait by Simon Verelst (1644-1710/1717) in the National Portrait Gallery.
The role of Royal Mistresses will be discussed and evaluated from Fair Rosamund Clifford in the 12th century to the more recent companions of the 20th century.
Caroline Rayman has lectured for many years to universities and art organisations in America and on cruise boats. She was an official guide at the British Museum and has published articles on samplers. Her lectures range from the role of the royal mistress in history to more scholarly lectures on Frederick the Great of Prussia and others.
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