Queen Henrietta Maria & Lord Minimus
In case you’re in need of a refresher or an introduction, the queen’s abbreviated bio is this:
Unpopular consort of King Charles I, youngest daughter of King Henri IV of France, catholic, subject of several Anthony Van Dyck’s paintings, and woman with “a strong penchant for private theatricals.” Also, keeper of Lord Minimus.
Who was Lord Minimus, you ask? Scroll to the Van Dyck with Henrietta Maria and the male figure who I, upon first glance, believed was a child. As far as records go, he was consistently described as a miraculously well-proportioned dwarf, which accounts for my momentary blunder.
But first a few lavish pictures of Henrietta Maria with her tight curls and early to mid 17th century get-ups.
by Van Dyck (1632)
Miniature by John Hoskins (1632)
by Van Dyck (1638)
With Sir Geoffrey Hudson (1633).
Comically known as Lord Minimus, Sir Hudson was the queen’s official court…
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