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Re: Books/TV/Films about the Stuarts
« Reply #45 on: March 14, 2006, 05:55:53 PM »
Oooh Charles II: The Power and the Passion...required watching. I was hooked! And it was kind of intellectual at the same time as I was doing A level history on the Stuarts when it was broadcast.  Learning while being entertained...who would have thunk it? I got an A, so it must have worked!

And that Rufus Sewell...if Charles II looked anything like him, I'm not surprised he had so many mistresses.  Phwoar!

Anyway, talking about mistresses, I have a book my dad got me for Christmas a couple of years ago called 'All the King's women' by Derek Wilson.  I can't say I've read all of it, but I did start it, and it was good as far as I got.  Might have to finish that one day...and I have the Antonia Fraser bio of Charles II too and that's really good.  Lots of info.

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« Reply #46 on: March 15, 2006, 03:24:38 AM »
Rachel you have given me my first giggle of the day....Rufus Sewell....double phwoarr ;D
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Re: Books/TV/Films about the Stuarts
« Reply #47 on: March 15, 2006, 03:31:54 AM »
Hehehe! Kimberly, so true!!! Quadruple phwoar for me!!! ;D

My friend and I used to sit in history (at the back of the class, of course) and swap notes about The Power and The Passion and drool over Rufus.  I swear, those eyes...I could drown in them!!!

I really should put the DVD down on my birthday list.  I'm single at the moment so a bit of Rufus would go down nicely (and I wonder why??) ;)

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Re: Books/TV/Films about the Stuarts
« Reply #48 on: March 15, 2006, 12:53:10 PM »
Yes, I loved the Power and the Passion (though Rufus didn't do anything for me - Monmouth is much better looking ;D) and I'm almost finished the Fraser bio of Charles, great stuff.
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Re: Books/TV/Films about the Stuarts
« Reply #49 on: March 21, 2006, 07:34:51 AM »
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Oooh Charles II: The Power and the Passion...required watching. I was hooked! And it was kind of intellectual at the same time as I was doing A level history on the Stuarts when it was broadcast.  Learning while being entertained...who would have thunk it? I got an A, so it must have worked!

And that Rufus Sewell...if Charles II looked anything like him, I'm not surprised he had so many mistresses.  Phwoar!

Anyway, talking about mistresses, I have a book my dad got me for Christmas a couple of years ago called 'All the King's women' by Derek Wilson.  I can't say I've read all of it, but I did start it, and it was good as far as I got.  Might have to finish that one day...and I have the Antonia Fraser bio of Charles II too and that's really good.  Lots of info.

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As good as the Power and the Passion was, it was at times historically inaccurate.  :(  For instance, Prince Henry was long dead before Catherine of Braganza came on the scene.
I was looking at Derek Wilson's book just last night. The Antonia Fraser bio of Charles II is THE definitive book of Charles. A must read.

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Re: Books/TV/Films about the Stuarts
« Reply #50 on: March 21, 2006, 07:37:41 AM »
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Yes, I loved the Power and the Passion (though Rufus didn't do anything for me - Monmouth is much better looking ;D) and I'm almost finished the Fraser bio of Charles, great stuff.


Rufus was great in it, though. I found Lady Castlemaine ANNOYING and I found the actress playing Nell Gywnn rather more like a snotty brat than a woman of any wit.

Fraser is writing a book about King Louis XIV and his loves to be out in October of this year. Cannot wait to get that! :)

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Re: Books/TV/Films about the Stuarts
« Reply #51 on: March 21, 2006, 07:44:55 AM »
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I agree Elena Maria! Except over here it was 'Charles II: the Power and the Passion', but yes, I love that parliament scene, wonderfully done - and I think he was a great monarch in spite of all the sex.
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Great monarch? I like him as much as the next person, but he was a lazy monarch.

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Re: Books/TV/Films about the Stuarts
« Reply #52 on: March 21, 2006, 10:07:41 AM »
You'll have to agree to disagree with me (and Fraser).  ;D
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Re: Books/TV/Films about the Stuarts
« Reply #53 on: March 22, 2006, 01:20:19 AM »
Surely he was great because of what he didn't do rather than for what he did.

He was a "bit" lazy, but he was able to turn this to his advantage - if there was a crisis on, he would tend to just sit it out!
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Re: Books/TV/Films about the Stuarts
« Reply #54 on: May 17, 2006, 08:24:29 PM »
“Court Lady and Country Wife” by Lita-Rose Betcherman is a biography of Dorothy, Countess of Leicester and Lucy, Countess of Carlisle, who were sisters as well as opposites.  If you’re interested in the lives of Stuart noblewomen during the reign of the first King Charles, particularly the life of Lucy, who was a major political figure of the era, you should definitely read this book.

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Scarlet Johansson to play Mary, Queen of Scots
« Reply #55 on: September 28, 2006, 02:43:34 AM »
According to Yahoo, http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060928/en_nm/scarlett_dc;_ylt=AmhV_fcWYkgGlmNOIeCq.85xFb8C;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ--Johansson is to play Mary, in a film chronicling the antagonistic relationship with the Scottish queen and Elizabeth I, who tried to "undermine her rule". She's also set to play Mary Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl. Myself, I don't see it (probably because I don't like Scarlet)....

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Re: Scarlet Johansson to play Mary, Queen of Scots
« Reply #56 on: September 28, 2006, 03:09:24 AM »
i see her more as mary boleyn (who was more of the easy kind of person) then as mary queen of scots (who was actually intelligent)...
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Re: Scarlet Johansson to play Mary, Queen of Scots
« Reply #57 on: September 28, 2006, 03:18:20 AM »
Oh gawd. They always seem to roll out the same old starlets for these roles. Thank goodness it isn't Keira "Poutly" Knightly, but maybe she doesn't "do" intelligent ;D
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Re: Scarlet Johansson to play Mary, Queen of Scots
« Reply #58 on: September 28, 2006, 10:26:02 AM »
Why do they get blonds to play Mary? She was a brunette. Maybe blond is more marketable or something.  :P
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Re: Scarlet Johansson to play Mary, Queen of Scots
« Reply #59 on: September 28, 2006, 10:53:35 AM »
Yes, sounds like Ms. Johansssson might be nipping down to her local chemist for some hair-dye ;D
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