At Large Christopher’s Classic Tastes
posted by July 18 at 14:21 PMon
Regarding Frizzelle’s post about the under-appreciated beauty of men’s calves: You’re living in the wrong century, Christopher. I ran across this in Eleanor Herman’s Sex With Queens, my current beach reading:
When the German princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha found herself not queen of England, as she had imagined, but the widowed Princess of Wales, she lived a retired life at Kew Palace with her eight children. Family friend and advisor John Stuart, marquess of Bute, was in almost constant attendance, often in locked rooms with the princess dowager. A handsome man known for his shapely calves in white silk stockings—that benchmark of eighteenth-century male beauty—Lord Bute seemed to conduct his love affair openly, coming and going from Kew as he pleased.
And before anyone makes fun of my beach reading, please note that Eleanor Herman’s last book—Sex With Kings—was a New York Times Bestseller, and that’s pure class, that is. And I challenge anyone to read Herman’s absolutely heartbreaking chapter about Marie Antoinette without stifling a sob or two.