Feeling a Bit Foolish
Posted by Misty Ann Khan on September 07, 1998 at 14:53:32:
In response to Warming pan babies-just pretenders, written by Caroline on September 07, 1998 at 09:29:58
] I'm afraid H.C. is pulling our legs a bit here. There was only one (possible) warming pan baby.When the wife of a certain unpopular monarch (called James) gave birth to a boy (and therefore an heir) it was suggested in some circles that they'd "fixed" it. If a girl had been born,(or the child had been stillborn) then a whole lot of political problems would have gone away. As it was, they had to resort to other means to get rid of the monarch. The baby in question ended up only 'pretending' to be king.
Okay, I'm starting to feel a bit naive here - you'll have to forgive my knowledge of the Regency period since it is pretty much restricted to my Jane Austen readings - but, how can a baby (even a newborn) fit into a warming pan? Or, was that your point?
] And so, instead of Jameses and Charleses, England ended up with Williams and Georges. Which is just as well, since all Jane Austen's heroes are named after kings. Well, almost all of them. We haven't had a King Fred yet ;-)
I definitley need to brush up on my knowledge of English monarchs. I'm afraid the only king I know anything about is King Henry and even that little knowledge is restricted to the fact that he had several queens (was it 8?) and that they either met with unfortunate ends or were divorsed and wasn't that what caused the split with the Catholic church? Anyway, there were a lot of political references in Mansfield Park that I didn't get at all because I don't know much about British Politics during that period. I'll have to check your archives for that next.
] You did take some salt with this, didn't you?
I never add salt to my food - just kidding! Unfortunately though, I'm finding myself so outmatched on historical knowledge here that I'm not sure where the salt was added. Pretty humiliating stuff since I usually consider myself to be fairly well read and to have a great sense of humor. This is good inspiration for me to read some more historical books from the Regency period though!
- Henrys, wives and stuff Caroline 18:12:13 9/07/98 (3)
- We're all learning here SuzanneR 15:44:45 9/07/98 (1)
- Thanks, Suzanne, I feel better now! Misty Ann Khan 16:23:13 9/07/98 (0)
- Don't feel too bad... (Warming-pan baby) The Mysterious H.C. 15:28:57 9/07/98 (0)
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