Friday, May 25, 2012

Catherine of Braganza

“The greatest fault of Catherine of Braganza,” says Sir Walter Scott , “was her being educated a Catholic; her greatest misfortune bearing the King no children: and her greatest foible an excessive love of dancing.”

The quote above was used by John Jesse, in “Memoirs of the Court of England during the reign of the Stuarts...”.  It first appeared in “Dryden’s Works”, edited by Scott.  John Evelyn saw Catherine as she arrived in London for the first time.  From Evelyn’s diary:

25th May, 1662. I went this evening to London, in
order to our journey to Hampton Court, to see the new
Queen; who, having landed at Portsmouth, had been
married to the King a week before by the Bishop of

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