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    Statue_d'Artagnan_Paris / The Three Musketeers is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, serialized in March–July 1844. Set in the 17th century, it recounts the adventures of a young man named d'Artagnan after he leaves home to travel to Paris, to join Louis XIV's Musketeers of the Guard. D'Artagnan is not one of the musketeers of the title; those are his friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, inseparable friends who live by the motto "all for one, one for all" .

    Louis XIV of France / Louis XIV (1638 – 1715), known as Louis the Great or the Sun King (French: le Roi-Soleil), was a Bourbon monarch who ruled as King of France and Navarre.[1] He holds the distinction of being the longest-reigning king in European history, reigning for 72 years and 110 days

    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre - not the original, but near the foundations (200m away). The first Globe was destroyed by fire in 1613. A replacement was built, but later closed (along with all theatres) in 1642 during the English Civil War. It was considered "not seemly to indulge in any kind of diversions or amusements during such troublous times." England became a republic, but it didn't take. The monarchy (& theatres) returned during the "Restoration", from 1660. SE1, London Bridge Tube.

    Charles sailed from his exile in the Netherlands to his restoration in England in May 1660. Painting by Lieve Verschuier.

    Number 6 Thomas Chaloner from one of my favourite historical novelists set in Restoration England in the 16 century

    Abandoned pregnant and penniless on the teeming streets of London, 16-year-old Amber St. Clare manages, by using her wits, beauty, and courage, to climb to the highest position a woman could achieve in Restoration England-that of favorite mistress of the Merry Monarch, Charles II. From whores and highwaymen to courtiers and noblemen, from events such as the Great Plague and the Fire of London to the intimate passions of ordinary-and extraordinary-men and women, Amber experiences it all.

    From her beginnings as a humble oyster seller, Nell Gwynn’s dazzling rise to fame has gone down in history. Step into the tumultuous world of Restoration England, and join Nell on her journey from courtesan, to famed actress to King’s mistress in a novel that is as captivating as Nelly herself.

    Restoration is a dazzling romp through 17th-century England. The main character Robert Merivel not only embodies the contradictions of his era, but ours as well. He is trapped between the longing for wealth and power and the realization that the pursuit of these trappings can leave one's life rather empty.

    Modifications of the Beaver Hat - In the 17th century hats were an important item of clothing and denoted an individual's social status and occupation. They were extremely valuable and might be passed on from father to son. Hats were made of fur felt, and the best quality felt was made from beaver. The fur of the beaver had little barbs on the end which, when pressed, would interlock and make a solid fabric. This process was called "felting". The felt was then taken and formed into a hat.

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    17th Century Felted Beaver Hats / Fashionable Felted Fur: A World History of the Beaver Hat Kelly Feinstein-Johnson History Department, UC Santa Cruz

    Fashionable Felted Fur: A World History of the Beaver Hat Kelly Feinstein-Johnson History Department, UC Santa Cruz

    Beaver Hat / Beaver Hat. Made in England, 1615-1640. Ownership attributed to Constance Hopkins. Steeple-crowned hats, usually with a decorative band, were popular in western Europe for both men and women in the early 17th century. Beaver fur, imported from the colonies, was processed into felt to make hats.

    The Beaver Trade in early Canada

    1670: Whether you want to call it HBC, The Bay or La Baie.... it's a Canadian icon. Older then Canada the company was founded to support the fur trade. Poor little beavers.... Anyone who knows anything will recognise the green, red, yellow, blue strips anywhere. Now....when's the next Bay day??

    This site is an amazing resource for learning about the Fur Trade in Canada

    The epic history of the fur trade in america

    native american women of the fur trade - Google Search

    Women of The Fur Trade

    The Fur Trade in Carver County

    Fur Trade (Post)

    Grote paniek aan Park Avenue in de Upper East Side

    New Amsterdam (now NYC)

    New Amsterdam

    Hortense Mancini, Duchess Mazarin (1646-1699) Amazing woman - Born a niece of the powerful Cardinal Mazarin, Hortense was a beautiful, flamboyant woman unhappily married off to a fanatical madman. Granted, she would have challenged most husbands: she rode, shot, gambled, swam, read and wrote, fought with swords, dressed in men's clothes, kept a menagerie of pets, and took lovers with abandon, including the English King Charles II. Her memoirs are now a biography: The Kings' Mistresses, E Goldsmi