Palacio Real de Madrid
18th C Art / 18th C Interiors / 18th C Society / Eighteenth Century / Europe / History / Travel

Palacio Real de Madrid

I recently returned from a trip to the lovely city of Madrid and was taken aback by how much I enjoyed my time there. I think Madrid is sometimes over shadowed by the allure of Barcelona, which attractively pairs culture and history with beaches and clubs. However, I loved Madrid and was already thinking about … Continue reading

Roxana; Or, the Mistress of many Editions
18th C Literature / Books and Stuff / Eighteenth Century / History / Lit Crit / Women

Roxana; Or, the Mistress of many Editions

Picking up a copy of Daniel Defoe’s 1724 novel Roxana today, it is easy to take the unfolding narrative for granted. However, for just under two hundred years, readers in the 18th and 19th centuries were not reading the same story we do. Instead the Roxana novels from the 1740s onwards – due to continuations … Continue reading