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Josephine @ Malmaison

The story of how a 32 year widow from Martinique escaped the guillotine and then met and fell in love with the a young Corsican general during the French Revolution is the stuff of romantic novels. It’s one of the … Continue reading

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The Other London Zoo OR Vesuvius and a parachuting monkey

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the new menagerie that was set up during the French Revolution in Paris’s  Jardin des Plantes which helped put science rather than entertainment centre stage. This led to pressure for London to have … Continue reading

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The Jardin des Plantes

I looked in the last post at the early history of Paris’s principal botanic garden, the former royal garden or the Jardin du Roi. Today’s is about what happened there between the French Revolution and today. It’s a good story … Continue reading

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Hulne Priory

Sometimes you visit a historic house or garden and think to yourself…. I could live here. Sometimes you have second thoughts and add …if only it wasn’t so remote or inhospitable a setting.  That was certainly my reactions on visiting Hulne … Continue reading

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Menageries 4: Knowsley and the mad botanicals

More on menageries….real and imaginary. The early 19thc saw a shift from menageries as showcases for curiosities to the beginnings of the zoological garden as a base for science. At the same time that the royal menagerie in the Tower was … Continue reading

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