Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain – An Interview with Andrea Zuvich

Andrea ZuvichNicola here. Today it’s my very great pleasure to welcome Andrea Zuvich to the Word Wench blog to talk about her new book Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain.” I first met Andrea at the Historical Novel Society conference in Oxford in 2016. We share a passion for the 17th century and enjoyed putting together a talk on secret Stuart marriages. Andrea is a historian, a historical consultant for film, radio, & TV and an audiobook narrator as well as a novelist and non-fiction author but today she is going to give us an intimate insight beneath the bed sheets of Stuart Britain!

Andrea, welcome to the Wenches! I’ve enjoyed reading Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain very Andrea book much – as with all your books, it’s scholarly but also very accessible, brilliantly-researched and full of fascinating historical information. I recommend it very highly. So, let’s jump into the interview! Where and how did you research the book?

I contacted almost every county record office (archives) in the UK and several in the USA. I went to the National Archives, British Library, and went to Blenheim Palace to talk with the researcher there about the figures associated with Queen Anne's court. Of course, there were numerous online websites such as British History Online, and Archive.org, among others, which were invaluable to my research.

What did the Stuarts consider to be sexually attractive?

Lely_(1670)_-_Elizabeth_Hamilton_(1640-1708)Throughout the period, portraits showed how fashions emphasised certain parts of the human anatomy. For men, their legs had to be good-looking, and they were often in tight hose which displayed this. Women with a pale complexion unsullied by the ravages of smallpox were considered attractive. Plumper women were more sexually desirable than slimmer women. (The portrait is of Elizabeth Hamilton, one of the "Windsor beauties".) In the early seventeenth century, men sported trendy facial hair, but by the late Stuart period, they favoured the shaved face. 

You include some areas of research in the book that might surprise people given that it is entitled Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain. Where do food and fashion, for example, fit into this topic?

Sex and sexuality impacted so much more than we think and I wanted to emphasise that it wasn't just about sexual acts or preferences, but a wide variety of topics including fashion, literature, and more. Makeup, for example, was (and is) related to sex as throughout history people have used it in order to help attract a potential spouse or lover because it feigns sexual arousal. Some people didn't like makeup as a result, such as the diarist John Evelyn, who in May 1654 wrote: 'I now observed how the women began to paint themselves, formerly a most ignominious thing, and used only by prostitutes'. Food could be used as an aphrodisiac, and some recipe books of the time mention various herbs and foods that could help fan the flames of one's passion.

One of the things you mentioned in your talk that I particularly enjoyed was the advice on what to do if you suffered from a broken heart. Would you like to share that with us here?

Certainly! One book I found really fascinating was The Ladies Dictionary from 1694. In this, there were several tips on how to get The_Ladies'_Dictionary_1694_(22163418033)over a broken heart. 'Exercise yourself in Walking or Running, do it vigorously…and the burning Flames of Love…may expire, or much abate of their vehemency'. I personally know at least two people who took up power walking or running after a relationship had come to an end. This makes sense because, as we now know, exercise releases endorphins in your brain and will help give you a boost. 

What was the attitude of people in the period towards sexual equality?

The Stuart period was a time in which sexual inequality was not only the norm, but many (including women) seemed to think this good and natural. There were, of course, outliers who disagreed with this, but in general, it was accepted and viewed in a positive light. Women were expected to be submissive to men. 

Ashdown RupertWhich character from the Stuart period do you find to be the most fascinating?

I find Rupert of the Rhine an extremely interesting person. He had an incredibly full life: warfare, imprisonment, privateering, and he also had what we'd now call 'scientific' pursuits with the Royal Society, and he was a very good artist. He had passionate love affairs, two children, and heartache such as when his beloved brother, Maurice, was lost during a hurricane.

What was the most surprising thing you discovered during your research?

I found that some women thought urination after sex was a form of contraception—which doesn't work! Most surprisingly, however, was when I looked in various online sex forums and some women *to this day* believe this. Whilst urinating after sex is great for preventing a urinary tract infection, it is not a form of contraception!

What will you be writing about next?

I'm currently working on two things: a biography of Barbara Villiers and, after that, a biography of Queen Mary II. Someday I would Andrea book
very much like to return to historical fiction!

Thank you very much for coming to chat to us today, Andrea. It’s been a fascinating interview on a fascinating topic!

Andrea has one of the most beautiful websites I've seen and you can find it here. She is also on Twitter as the 17th century lady.

Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain is available from Amazon UK and to pre-order from Amazon in the US.

So now it's over to you! What do you think of the advice given in the Ladies Dictionary? What would your recommendation be for getting over a broken heart? Andrea is offering a copy of Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain to one lucky commenter between now and midnight Saturday!

175 thoughts on “Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain – An Interview with Andrea Zuvich”

  1. Thank you for the interesting interview. I’ve added this title to my Amazon wishlist.
    I found the idea of urination as a form of contraception weird enough that I read this paragraph to my wife. She told me that – many, many years ago when she was a first year student nurse – they had a sex education lecture from Sir John Peel, who was then the Queen’s gynecologist. This included the unexplained advice to always urinate after intercourse: one trusts that his reason was the avoidance of UTIs rather than a belief in old wives tales.
    His advice also included the old saying “if you can’t be good, be careful” to which he added “and if you are not careful, come and see me” which leaves me wondering what help he could offer, as abortion was not legalised in the UK until a year or two later.

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  2. Thank you for the interesting interview. I’ve added this title to my Amazon wishlist.
    I found the idea of urination as a form of contraception weird enough that I read this paragraph to my wife. She told me that – many, many years ago when she was a first year student nurse – they had a sex education lecture from Sir John Peel, who was then the Queen’s gynecologist. This included the unexplained advice to always urinate after intercourse: one trusts that his reason was the avoidance of UTIs rather than a belief in old wives tales.
    His advice also included the old saying “if you can’t be good, be careful” to which he added “and if you are not careful, come and see me” which leaves me wondering what help he could offer, as abortion was not legalised in the UK until a year or two later.

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  3. Thank you for the interesting interview. I’ve added this title to my Amazon wishlist.
    I found the idea of urination as a form of contraception weird enough that I read this paragraph to my wife. She told me that – many, many years ago when she was a first year student nurse – they had a sex education lecture from Sir John Peel, who was then the Queen’s gynecologist. This included the unexplained advice to always urinate after intercourse: one trusts that his reason was the avoidance of UTIs rather than a belief in old wives tales.
    His advice also included the old saying “if you can’t be good, be careful” to which he added “and if you are not careful, come and see me” which leaves me wondering what help he could offer, as abortion was not legalised in the UK until a year or two later.

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  4. Thank you for the interesting interview. I’ve added this title to my Amazon wishlist.
    I found the idea of urination as a form of contraception weird enough that I read this paragraph to my wife. She told me that – many, many years ago when she was a first year student nurse – they had a sex education lecture from Sir John Peel, who was then the Queen’s gynecologist. This included the unexplained advice to always urinate after intercourse: one trusts that his reason was the avoidance of UTIs rather than a belief in old wives tales.
    His advice also included the old saying “if you can’t be good, be careful” to which he added “and if you are not careful, come and see me” which leaves me wondering what help he could offer, as abortion was not legalised in the UK until a year or two later.

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  5. Thank you for the interesting interview. I’ve added this title to my Amazon wishlist.
    I found the idea of urination as a form of contraception weird enough that I read this paragraph to my wife. She told me that – many, many years ago when she was a first year student nurse – they had a sex education lecture from Sir John Peel, who was then the Queen’s gynecologist. This included the unexplained advice to always urinate after intercourse: one trusts that his reason was the avoidance of UTIs rather than a belief in old wives tales.
    His advice also included the old saying “if you can’t be good, be careful” to which he added “and if you are not careful, come and see me” which leaves me wondering what help he could offer, as abortion was not legalised in the UK until a year or two later.

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  6. What a fascinating post, Andrea and Nicola! I’m looking forward to reading your book and to learning more. And I have to admit to having a very soft spot for Prince Rupert 🙂 As for the advice given about getting over a broken heart, I’m afraid I’m a total couch potato so you wouldn’t find me going jogging or exercising to cure that. I’d be more inclined to recommend lashings of chocolate and ice cream, and a good moan to a trusted friend. Although time is really the only healer in matters of the heart!

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  7. What a fascinating post, Andrea and Nicola! I’m looking forward to reading your book and to learning more. And I have to admit to having a very soft spot for Prince Rupert 🙂 As for the advice given about getting over a broken heart, I’m afraid I’m a total couch potato so you wouldn’t find me going jogging or exercising to cure that. I’d be more inclined to recommend lashings of chocolate and ice cream, and a good moan to a trusted friend. Although time is really the only healer in matters of the heart!

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  8. What a fascinating post, Andrea and Nicola! I’m looking forward to reading your book and to learning more. And I have to admit to having a very soft spot for Prince Rupert 🙂 As for the advice given about getting over a broken heart, I’m afraid I’m a total couch potato so you wouldn’t find me going jogging or exercising to cure that. I’d be more inclined to recommend lashings of chocolate and ice cream, and a good moan to a trusted friend. Although time is really the only healer in matters of the heart!

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  9. What a fascinating post, Andrea and Nicola! I’m looking forward to reading your book and to learning more. And I have to admit to having a very soft spot for Prince Rupert 🙂 As for the advice given about getting over a broken heart, I’m afraid I’m a total couch potato so you wouldn’t find me going jogging or exercising to cure that. I’d be more inclined to recommend lashings of chocolate and ice cream, and a good moan to a trusted friend. Although time is really the only healer in matters of the heart!

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  10. What a fascinating post, Andrea and Nicola! I’m looking forward to reading your book and to learning more. And I have to admit to having a very soft spot for Prince Rupert 🙂 As for the advice given about getting over a broken heart, I’m afraid I’m a total couch potato so you wouldn’t find me going jogging or exercising to cure that. I’d be more inclined to recommend lashings of chocolate and ice cream, and a good moan to a trusted friend. Although time is really the only healer in matters of the heart!

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  11. Thank you, Mike, I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. That’s a very interesting anecdote about Sir John Peel! I can’t imagine anyone giving that sort of advice now – fortunately!

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  12. Thank you, Mike, I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. That’s a very interesting anecdote about Sir John Peel! I can’t imagine anyone giving that sort of advice now – fortunately!

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  13. Thank you, Mike, I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. That’s a very interesting anecdote about Sir John Peel! I can’t imagine anyone giving that sort of advice now – fortunately!

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  14. Thank you, Mike, I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. That’s a very interesting anecdote about Sir John Peel! I can’t imagine anyone giving that sort of advice now – fortunately!

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  15. Thank you, Mike, I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. That’s a very interesting anecdote about Sir John Peel! I can’t imagine anyone giving that sort of advice now – fortunately!

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  16. I thought of you when Andrea mentioned Prince Rupert, Christina! 🙂
    I like the chocolate cure for many things too, from broken hearts to bad reviews!

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  17. I thought of you when Andrea mentioned Prince Rupert, Christina! 🙂
    I like the chocolate cure for many things too, from broken hearts to bad reviews!

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  18. I thought of you when Andrea mentioned Prince Rupert, Christina! 🙂
    I like the chocolate cure for many things too, from broken hearts to bad reviews!

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  19. I thought of you when Andrea mentioned Prince Rupert, Christina! 🙂
    I like the chocolate cure for many things too, from broken hearts to bad reviews!

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  20. I thought of you when Andrea mentioned Prince Rupert, Christina! 🙂
    I like the chocolate cure for many things too, from broken hearts to bad reviews!

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  21. Fascinating, Andrea and Nicola! As for the advice–they didn’t understand contraception but vigorous exercise for a broken heart is spot on. Now I’m wondering about secret marriages during the Stuart era! Thanks for visiting the Wenches.

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  22. Fascinating, Andrea and Nicola! As for the advice–they didn’t understand contraception but vigorous exercise for a broken heart is spot on. Now I’m wondering about secret marriages during the Stuart era! Thanks for visiting the Wenches.

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  23. Fascinating, Andrea and Nicola! As for the advice–they didn’t understand contraception but vigorous exercise for a broken heart is spot on. Now I’m wondering about secret marriages during the Stuart era! Thanks for visiting the Wenches.

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  24. Fascinating, Andrea and Nicola! As for the advice–they didn’t understand contraception but vigorous exercise for a broken heart is spot on. Now I’m wondering about secret marriages during the Stuart era! Thanks for visiting the Wenches.

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  25. Fascinating, Andrea and Nicola! As for the advice–they didn’t understand contraception but vigorous exercise for a broken heart is spot on. Now I’m wondering about secret marriages during the Stuart era! Thanks for visiting the Wenches.

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  26. Thank you, Mary Jo! The Stuart royals did seem to have a bit of a penchant for secret marriages, or at least there was a lot of gossip that they did!

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  27. Thank you, Mary Jo! The Stuart royals did seem to have a bit of a penchant for secret marriages, or at least there was a lot of gossip that they did!

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  28. Thank you, Mary Jo! The Stuart royals did seem to have a bit of a penchant for secret marriages, or at least there was a lot of gossip that they did!

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  29. Thank you, Mary Jo! The Stuart royals did seem to have a bit of a penchant for secret marriages, or at least there was a lot of gossip that they did!

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  30. Thank you, Mary Jo! The Stuart royals did seem to have a bit of a penchant for secret marriages, or at least there was a lot of gossip that they did!

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  31. Hmm…I wonder how many hot sexy novels will be inspired by your history of the Stuart Period. Secret Marriage is not a trope I see very often. The history of the era is rich for conflict, but few novels are set then. I’ll have to read your book!

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  32. Hmm…I wonder how many hot sexy novels will be inspired by your history of the Stuart Period. Secret Marriage is not a trope I see very often. The history of the era is rich for conflict, but few novels are set then. I’ll have to read your book!

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  33. Hmm…I wonder how many hot sexy novels will be inspired by your history of the Stuart Period. Secret Marriage is not a trope I see very often. The history of the era is rich for conflict, but few novels are set then. I’ll have to read your book!

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  34. Hmm…I wonder how many hot sexy novels will be inspired by your history of the Stuart Period. Secret Marriage is not a trope I see very often. The history of the era is rich for conflict, but few novels are set then. I’ll have to read your book!

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  35. Hmm…I wonder how many hot sexy novels will be inspired by your history of the Stuart Period. Secret Marriage is not a trope I see very often. The history of the era is rich for conflict, but few novels are set then. I’ll have to read your book!

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  36. I visited Schloss Oranienburg north of Berlin last Sunday and lo and behold, there was Rupert on the wall. 🙂 As well as a bunch of other very famous 17th c British and Dutch folk, showing once more how interrelated the aristocratic/royal houses of Europe were.
    I’d love to read Andrea’s book and can recommend her Twitter feed. 🙂

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  37. I visited Schloss Oranienburg north of Berlin last Sunday and lo and behold, there was Rupert on the wall. 🙂 As well as a bunch of other very famous 17th c British and Dutch folk, showing once more how interrelated the aristocratic/royal houses of Europe were.
    I’d love to read Andrea’s book and can recommend her Twitter feed. 🙂

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  38. I visited Schloss Oranienburg north of Berlin last Sunday and lo and behold, there was Rupert on the wall. 🙂 As well as a bunch of other very famous 17th c British and Dutch folk, showing once more how interrelated the aristocratic/royal houses of Europe were.
    I’d love to read Andrea’s book and can recommend her Twitter feed. 🙂

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  39. I visited Schloss Oranienburg north of Berlin last Sunday and lo and behold, there was Rupert on the wall. 🙂 As well as a bunch of other very famous 17th c British and Dutch folk, showing once more how interrelated the aristocratic/royal houses of Europe were.
    I’d love to read Andrea’s book and can recommend her Twitter feed. 🙂

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  40. I visited Schloss Oranienburg north of Berlin last Sunday and lo and behold, there was Rupert on the wall. 🙂 As well as a bunch of other very famous 17th c British and Dutch folk, showing once more how interrelated the aristocratic/royal houses of Europe were.
    I’d love to read Andrea’s book and can recommend her Twitter feed. 🙂

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  41. I guess I’m not much of an advice taker. I don’t believe much of the modern advice I hear, and the Stuart era were just ignorant – as uninformed because it hadn’t been discovered yet. No, I do not think they were stupid, more nearly wildly trying anything in order to find solutions. But, also: I can’t suspend my disbelief on this issue.
    Altogether an fascinating post and interview. Thank you so much for all this rich information.

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  42. I guess I’m not much of an advice taker. I don’t believe much of the modern advice I hear, and the Stuart era were just ignorant – as uninformed because it hadn’t been discovered yet. No, I do not think they were stupid, more nearly wildly trying anything in order to find solutions. But, also: I can’t suspend my disbelief on this issue.
    Altogether an fascinating post and interview. Thank you so much for all this rich information.

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  43. I guess I’m not much of an advice taker. I don’t believe much of the modern advice I hear, and the Stuart era were just ignorant – as uninformed because it hadn’t been discovered yet. No, I do not think they were stupid, more nearly wildly trying anything in order to find solutions. But, also: I can’t suspend my disbelief on this issue.
    Altogether an fascinating post and interview. Thank you so much for all this rich information.

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  44. I guess I’m not much of an advice taker. I don’t believe much of the modern advice I hear, and the Stuart era were just ignorant – as uninformed because it hadn’t been discovered yet. No, I do not think they were stupid, more nearly wildly trying anything in order to find solutions. But, also: I can’t suspend my disbelief on this issue.
    Altogether an fascinating post and interview. Thank you so much for all this rich information.

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  45. I guess I’m not much of an advice taker. I don’t believe much of the modern advice I hear, and the Stuart era were just ignorant – as uninformed because it hadn’t been discovered yet. No, I do not think they were stupid, more nearly wildly trying anything in order to find solutions. But, also: I can’t suspend my disbelief on this issue.
    Altogether an fascinating post and interview. Thank you so much for all this rich information.

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  46. A very interesting entry with many intriguing paths to look into further. i will look forward to reading this book.

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  47. A very interesting entry with many intriguing paths to look into further. i will look forward to reading this book.

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  48. A very interesting entry with many intriguing paths to look into further. i will look forward to reading this book.

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  49. A very interesting entry with many intriguing paths to look into further. i will look forward to reading this book.

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  50. A very interesting entry with many intriguing paths to look into further. i will look forward to reading this book.

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  51. This interview was too short! Such a fascinating topic, as 17th century Britain swung from the profligacy of the Stuarts to the strangled morality of the Roundheads and back (with vigor!) to more profligacy of the Stuarts. I’ve been, um, intrigued by this subject since seeing the Johnny Depp film The Libertine about the breathtakingly amoral Earl of Rochester in the Restoration. The Depp film was dubbed a “stinker,” so I don’t know if anyone else here has ever seen it. But it was actually well done and it made a lasting impression on me. Interesting era to visit, but I don’t think I would have liked to live there.

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  52. This interview was too short! Such a fascinating topic, as 17th century Britain swung from the profligacy of the Stuarts to the strangled morality of the Roundheads and back (with vigor!) to more profligacy of the Stuarts. I’ve been, um, intrigued by this subject since seeing the Johnny Depp film The Libertine about the breathtakingly amoral Earl of Rochester in the Restoration. The Depp film was dubbed a “stinker,” so I don’t know if anyone else here has ever seen it. But it was actually well done and it made a lasting impression on me. Interesting era to visit, but I don’t think I would have liked to live there.

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  53. This interview was too short! Such a fascinating topic, as 17th century Britain swung from the profligacy of the Stuarts to the strangled morality of the Roundheads and back (with vigor!) to more profligacy of the Stuarts. I’ve been, um, intrigued by this subject since seeing the Johnny Depp film The Libertine about the breathtakingly amoral Earl of Rochester in the Restoration. The Depp film was dubbed a “stinker,” so I don’t know if anyone else here has ever seen it. But it was actually well done and it made a lasting impression on me. Interesting era to visit, but I don’t think I would have liked to live there.

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  54. This interview was too short! Such a fascinating topic, as 17th century Britain swung from the profligacy of the Stuarts to the strangled morality of the Roundheads and back (with vigor!) to more profligacy of the Stuarts. I’ve been, um, intrigued by this subject since seeing the Johnny Depp film The Libertine about the breathtakingly amoral Earl of Rochester in the Restoration. The Depp film was dubbed a “stinker,” so I don’t know if anyone else here has ever seen it. But it was actually well done and it made a lasting impression on me. Interesting era to visit, but I don’t think I would have liked to live there.

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  55. This interview was too short! Such a fascinating topic, as 17th century Britain swung from the profligacy of the Stuarts to the strangled morality of the Roundheads and back (with vigor!) to more profligacy of the Stuarts. I’ve been, um, intrigued by this subject since seeing the Johnny Depp film The Libertine about the breathtakingly amoral Earl of Rochester in the Restoration. The Depp film was dubbed a “stinker,” so I don’t know if anyone else here has ever seen it. But it was actually well done and it made a lasting impression on me. Interesting era to visit, but I don’t think I would have liked to live there.

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  56. It’s a period of history I love writing about, Pamela, but it’s not as popular as the Regency or Tudors. I’m not sure why because it is so full of great stories!

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  57. It’s a period of history I love writing about, Pamela, but it’s not as popular as the Regency or Tudors. I’m not sure why because it is so full of great stories!

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  58. It’s a period of history I love writing about, Pamela, but it’s not as popular as the Regency or Tudors. I’m not sure why because it is so full of great stories!

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  59. It’s a period of history I love writing about, Pamela, but it’s not as popular as the Regency or Tudors. I’m not sure why because it is so full of great stories!

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  60. It’s a period of history I love writing about, Pamela, but it’s not as popular as the Regency or Tudors. I’m not sure why because it is so full of great stories!

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  61. Thank you, Sue, I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview. As you say, every age has its fashions in advice and a lot of it is unfounded, even today!

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  62. Thank you, Sue, I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview. As you say, every age has its fashions in advice and a lot of it is unfounded, even today!

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  63. Thank you, Sue, I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview. As you say, every age has its fashions in advice and a lot of it is unfounded, even today!

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  64. Thank you, Sue, I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview. As you say, every age has its fashions in advice and a lot of it is unfounded, even today!

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  65. Thank you, Sue, I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview. As you say, every age has its fashions in advice and a lot of it is unfounded, even today!

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  66. That’s such a nice compliment, Mary! I’ve seen The Libertine. I found it pretty horrific – it certainly didn’t present the era in an appealing light. I think that’s one of the fascinations of the Stuart period, though. Such extremes and so much to inspire a writer.

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  67. That’s such a nice compliment, Mary! I’ve seen The Libertine. I found it pretty horrific – it certainly didn’t present the era in an appealing light. I think that’s one of the fascinations of the Stuart period, though. Such extremes and so much to inspire a writer.

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  68. That’s such a nice compliment, Mary! I’ve seen The Libertine. I found it pretty horrific – it certainly didn’t present the era in an appealing light. I think that’s one of the fascinations of the Stuart period, though. Such extremes and so much to inspire a writer.

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  69. That’s such a nice compliment, Mary! I’ve seen The Libertine. I found it pretty horrific – it certainly didn’t present the era in an appealing light. I think that’s one of the fascinations of the Stuart period, though. Such extremes and so much to inspire a writer.

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  70. That’s such a nice compliment, Mary! I’ve seen The Libertine. I found it pretty horrific – it certainly didn’t present the era in an appealing light. I think that’s one of the fascinations of the Stuart period, though. Such extremes and so much to inspire a writer.

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  71. Andrea’s website is gorgeous (as is she!), and when I have a smidge more time I will go back to read what appear to be fascinating posts. I don’t know enough about this era, although the art is very familiar; I’ve visited my fair share of museums, LOL. I find the exercise advice for the lovelorn startlingly modern and sensible. Much better than eating a bucket of ice cream, although ice cream didn’t exist yet, did it? The book sounds great! Much good luck.

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  72. Andrea’s website is gorgeous (as is she!), and when I have a smidge more time I will go back to read what appear to be fascinating posts. I don’t know enough about this era, although the art is very familiar; I’ve visited my fair share of museums, LOL. I find the exercise advice for the lovelorn startlingly modern and sensible. Much better than eating a bucket of ice cream, although ice cream didn’t exist yet, did it? The book sounds great! Much good luck.

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  73. Andrea’s website is gorgeous (as is she!), and when I have a smidge more time I will go back to read what appear to be fascinating posts. I don’t know enough about this era, although the art is very familiar; I’ve visited my fair share of museums, LOL. I find the exercise advice for the lovelorn startlingly modern and sensible. Much better than eating a bucket of ice cream, although ice cream didn’t exist yet, did it? The book sounds great! Much good luck.

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  74. Andrea’s website is gorgeous (as is she!), and when I have a smidge more time I will go back to read what appear to be fascinating posts. I don’t know enough about this era, although the art is very familiar; I’ve visited my fair share of museums, LOL. I find the exercise advice for the lovelorn startlingly modern and sensible. Much better than eating a bucket of ice cream, although ice cream didn’t exist yet, did it? The book sounds great! Much good luck.

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  75. Andrea’s website is gorgeous (as is she!), and when I have a smidge more time I will go back to read what appear to be fascinating posts. I don’t know enough about this era, although the art is very familiar; I’ve visited my fair share of museums, LOL. I find the exercise advice for the lovelorn startlingly modern and sensible. Much better than eating a bucket of ice cream, although ice cream didn’t exist yet, did it? The book sounds great! Much good luck.

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  76. Thanks for the interview and this post.
    It is like much that I find on the internet….I go to a site, or look at a picture and I want to learn more. So, I go to another site or look at another picture and I want to learn more. Two years later, I come up for lunch and a nap.
    The Stuarts and their actions are indirectly related to some of my ancestors, so I am always interested in them. Like others who have posted here, it is an era when there seemed to be such extremes of attitudes and behaviors….ideas of beauty are venerated at the same time extreme cruelty is considered a natural event.
    So, Andrea and Nicola, I sure thank you for everything. Y’all led me down many rabbit holes, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Andrea, you are to be complimented on your work, the results are terrific.
    I hope everyone is staying safe and taking care.

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  77. Thanks for the interview and this post.
    It is like much that I find on the internet….I go to a site, or look at a picture and I want to learn more. So, I go to another site or look at another picture and I want to learn more. Two years later, I come up for lunch and a nap.
    The Stuarts and their actions are indirectly related to some of my ancestors, so I am always interested in them. Like others who have posted here, it is an era when there seemed to be such extremes of attitudes and behaviors….ideas of beauty are venerated at the same time extreme cruelty is considered a natural event.
    So, Andrea and Nicola, I sure thank you for everything. Y’all led me down many rabbit holes, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Andrea, you are to be complimented on your work, the results are terrific.
    I hope everyone is staying safe and taking care.

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  78. Thanks for the interview and this post.
    It is like much that I find on the internet….I go to a site, or look at a picture and I want to learn more. So, I go to another site or look at another picture and I want to learn more. Two years later, I come up for lunch and a nap.
    The Stuarts and their actions are indirectly related to some of my ancestors, so I am always interested in them. Like others who have posted here, it is an era when there seemed to be such extremes of attitudes and behaviors….ideas of beauty are venerated at the same time extreme cruelty is considered a natural event.
    So, Andrea and Nicola, I sure thank you for everything. Y’all led me down many rabbit holes, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Andrea, you are to be complimented on your work, the results are terrific.
    I hope everyone is staying safe and taking care.

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  79. Thanks for the interview and this post.
    It is like much that I find on the internet….I go to a site, or look at a picture and I want to learn more. So, I go to another site or look at another picture and I want to learn more. Two years later, I come up for lunch and a nap.
    The Stuarts and their actions are indirectly related to some of my ancestors, so I am always interested in them. Like others who have posted here, it is an era when there seemed to be such extremes of attitudes and behaviors….ideas of beauty are venerated at the same time extreme cruelty is considered a natural event.
    So, Andrea and Nicola, I sure thank you for everything. Y’all led me down many rabbit holes, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Andrea, you are to be complimented on your work, the results are terrific.
    I hope everyone is staying safe and taking care.

    Reply
  80. Thanks for the interview and this post.
    It is like much that I find on the internet….I go to a site, or look at a picture and I want to learn more. So, I go to another site or look at another picture and I want to learn more. Two years later, I come up for lunch and a nap.
    The Stuarts and their actions are indirectly related to some of my ancestors, so I am always interested in them. Like others who have posted here, it is an era when there seemed to be such extremes of attitudes and behaviors….ideas of beauty are venerated at the same time extreme cruelty is considered a natural event.
    So, Andrea and Nicola, I sure thank you for everything. Y’all led me down many rabbit holes, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Andrea, you are to be complimented on your work, the results are terrific.
    I hope everyone is staying safe and taking care.

    Reply
  81. As my mother always said, all your relationships are doomed to failure except the lat one. But I bet picking up a hobby or exercise that kicks up the endorphins really helps!

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  82. As my mother always said, all your relationships are doomed to failure except the lat one. But I bet picking up a hobby or exercise that kicks up the endorphins really helps!

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  83. As my mother always said, all your relationships are doomed to failure except the lat one. But I bet picking up a hobby or exercise that kicks up the endorphins really helps!

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  84. As my mother always said, all your relationships are doomed to failure except the lat one. But I bet picking up a hobby or exercise that kicks up the endorphins really helps!

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  85. As my mother always said, all your relationships are doomed to failure except the lat one. But I bet picking up a hobby or exercise that kicks up the endorphins really helps!

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  86. Hi Christina,
    I agree, and totally agreed with Nigella Lawson who, in a chocolate cake recipe in one of her cookery books, said something to the effect of: ‘Serves 6, or 1 with a broken heart’. It’s nice to see, though, that little has changed in this respect: we still try to find ways to comfort ourselves after the loss of a relationship. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  87. Hi Christina,
    I agree, and totally agreed with Nigella Lawson who, in a chocolate cake recipe in one of her cookery books, said something to the effect of: ‘Serves 6, or 1 with a broken heart’. It’s nice to see, though, that little has changed in this respect: we still try to find ways to comfort ourselves after the loss of a relationship. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  88. Hi Christina,
    I agree, and totally agreed with Nigella Lawson who, in a chocolate cake recipe in one of her cookery books, said something to the effect of: ‘Serves 6, or 1 with a broken heart’. It’s nice to see, though, that little has changed in this respect: we still try to find ways to comfort ourselves after the loss of a relationship. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  89. Hi Christina,
    I agree, and totally agreed with Nigella Lawson who, in a chocolate cake recipe in one of her cookery books, said something to the effect of: ‘Serves 6, or 1 with a broken heart’. It’s nice to see, though, that little has changed in this respect: we still try to find ways to comfort ourselves after the loss of a relationship. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  90. Hi Christina,
    I agree, and totally agreed with Nigella Lawson who, in a chocolate cake recipe in one of her cookery books, said something to the effect of: ‘Serves 6, or 1 with a broken heart’. It’s nice to see, though, that little has changed in this respect: we still try to find ways to comfort ourselves after the loss of a relationship. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  91. Hello Mary Jo! Yes, I really enjoyed doing that event with Nicola and there were quite a few of these secret marriages. As for exercise, yes, that certainly helps some folks but, as I told another commenter above, some enjoy comfort eating (as I have done)! Thank you for reading and for your comment!

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  92. Hello Mary Jo! Yes, I really enjoyed doing that event with Nicola and there were quite a few of these secret marriages. As for exercise, yes, that certainly helps some folks but, as I told another commenter above, some enjoy comfort eating (as I have done)! Thank you for reading and for your comment!

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  93. Hello Mary Jo! Yes, I really enjoyed doing that event with Nicola and there were quite a few of these secret marriages. As for exercise, yes, that certainly helps some folks but, as I told another commenter above, some enjoy comfort eating (as I have done)! Thank you for reading and for your comment!

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  94. Hello Mary Jo! Yes, I really enjoyed doing that event with Nicola and there were quite a few of these secret marriages. As for exercise, yes, that certainly helps some folks but, as I told another commenter above, some enjoy comfort eating (as I have done)! Thank you for reading and for your comment!

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  95. Hello Mary Jo! Yes, I really enjoyed doing that event with Nicola and there were quite a few of these secret marriages. As for exercise, yes, that certainly helps some folks but, as I told another commenter above, some enjoy comfort eating (as I have done)! Thank you for reading and for your comment!

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  96. Hello, Pamela! It would be interesting to see if it inspires some people to write some saucy tales! We’ll see. I do hope you enjoy the book. Thank you for reading this interview and for commenting!

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  97. Hello, Pamela! It would be interesting to see if it inspires some people to write some saucy tales! We’ll see. I do hope you enjoy the book. Thank you for reading this interview and for commenting!

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  98. Hello, Pamela! It would be interesting to see if it inspires some people to write some saucy tales! We’ll see. I do hope you enjoy the book. Thank you for reading this interview and for commenting!

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  99. Hello, Pamela! It would be interesting to see if it inspires some people to write some saucy tales! We’ll see. I do hope you enjoy the book. Thank you for reading this interview and for commenting!

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  100. Hello, Pamela! It would be interesting to see if it inspires some people to write some saucy tales! We’ll see. I do hope you enjoy the book. Thank you for reading this interview and for commenting!

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  101. Hello! Wow! I’ll have to visit Schloss Oranienburg someday, especially as they have Rupert’s portrait. Thank you for your kind comments and I hope you enjoy the book. With best wishes, Andrea 🙂

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  102. Hello! Wow! I’ll have to visit Schloss Oranienburg someday, especially as they have Rupert’s portrait. Thank you for your kind comments and I hope you enjoy the book. With best wishes, Andrea 🙂

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  103. Hello! Wow! I’ll have to visit Schloss Oranienburg someday, especially as they have Rupert’s portrait. Thank you for your kind comments and I hope you enjoy the book. With best wishes, Andrea 🙂

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  104. Hello! Wow! I’ll have to visit Schloss Oranienburg someday, especially as they have Rupert’s portrait. Thank you for your kind comments and I hope you enjoy the book. With best wishes, Andrea 🙂

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  105. Hello! Wow! I’ll have to visit Schloss Oranienburg someday, especially as they have Rupert’s portrait. Thank you for your kind comments and I hope you enjoy the book. With best wishes, Andrea 🙂

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  106. Hello Mary, and thank you for commenting. Yes, The Libertine was a good film, although I found it ultimately quite bleak. Rochester is mentioned several times throughout my book, and I have a chapter devoted to libertines in it: Rakes and Rogues: Or, Ye Stuart Libertine. If you get a chance to read it, I hope you like it.

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  107. Hello Mary, and thank you for commenting. Yes, The Libertine was a good film, although I found it ultimately quite bleak. Rochester is mentioned several times throughout my book, and I have a chapter devoted to libertines in it: Rakes and Rogues: Or, Ye Stuart Libertine. If you get a chance to read it, I hope you like it.

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  108. Hello Mary, and thank you for commenting. Yes, The Libertine was a good film, although I found it ultimately quite bleak. Rochester is mentioned several times throughout my book, and I have a chapter devoted to libertines in it: Rakes and Rogues: Or, Ye Stuart Libertine. If you get a chance to read it, I hope you like it.

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  109. Hello Mary, and thank you for commenting. Yes, The Libertine was a good film, although I found it ultimately quite bleak. Rochester is mentioned several times throughout my book, and I have a chapter devoted to libertines in it: Rakes and Rogues: Or, Ye Stuart Libertine. If you get a chance to read it, I hope you like it.

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  110. Hello Mary, and thank you for commenting. Yes, The Libertine was a good film, although I found it ultimately quite bleak. Rochester is mentioned several times throughout my book, and I have a chapter devoted to libertines in it: Rakes and Rogues: Or, Ye Stuart Libertine. If you get a chance to read it, I hope you like it.

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  111. Hello, Maggie! Many thanks for your very kind comments, and I do hope you get a chance to read some articles on my site (although they are very much supposed to be introductory or brief looks at topics). Some people find exercise helps, others rich comfort foods. Ice cream, however, DID exist in the Stuart period – but it was new and limited to the wealthy person’s table (as was the case with many other ‘exotick’ foods).

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  112. Hello, Maggie! Many thanks for your very kind comments, and I do hope you get a chance to read some articles on my site (although they are very much supposed to be introductory or brief looks at topics). Some people find exercise helps, others rich comfort foods. Ice cream, however, DID exist in the Stuart period – but it was new and limited to the wealthy person’s table (as was the case with many other ‘exotick’ foods).

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  113. Hello, Maggie! Many thanks for your very kind comments, and I do hope you get a chance to read some articles on my site (although they are very much supposed to be introductory or brief looks at topics). Some people find exercise helps, others rich comfort foods. Ice cream, however, DID exist in the Stuart period – but it was new and limited to the wealthy person’s table (as was the case with many other ‘exotick’ foods).

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  114. Hello, Maggie! Many thanks for your very kind comments, and I do hope you get a chance to read some articles on my site (although they are very much supposed to be introductory or brief looks at topics). Some people find exercise helps, others rich comfort foods. Ice cream, however, DID exist in the Stuart period – but it was new and limited to the wealthy person’s table (as was the case with many other ‘exotick’ foods).

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  115. Hello, Maggie! Many thanks for your very kind comments, and I do hope you get a chance to read some articles on my site (although they are very much supposed to be introductory or brief looks at topics). Some people find exercise helps, others rich comfort foods. Ice cream, however, DID exist in the Stuart period – but it was new and limited to the wealthy person’s table (as was the case with many other ‘exotick’ foods).

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  116. Hi ML! Interesting perspective! Endorphins are great for one’s mental and physical wellbeing, but I’m not the best at getting them (probably should work on that, I suppose!). Thank you for commenting!

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  117. Hi ML! Interesting perspective! Endorphins are great for one’s mental and physical wellbeing, but I’m not the best at getting them (probably should work on that, I suppose!). Thank you for commenting!

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  118. Hi ML! Interesting perspective! Endorphins are great for one’s mental and physical wellbeing, but I’m not the best at getting them (probably should work on that, I suppose!). Thank you for commenting!

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  119. Hi ML! Interesting perspective! Endorphins are great for one’s mental and physical wellbeing, but I’m not the best at getting them (probably should work on that, I suppose!). Thank you for commenting!

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  120. Hi ML! Interesting perspective! Endorphins are great for one’s mental and physical wellbeing, but I’m not the best at getting them (probably should work on that, I suppose!). Thank you for commenting!

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  121. Hello Annette, thank you for your kind comments. I fear I go down so many rabbit holes and then get sad when I realise I won’t ever be able to learn all about the topics I’d like to. Thank goodness for rabbit holes, though, as they’re so much fun!

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  122. Hello Annette, thank you for your kind comments. I fear I go down so many rabbit holes and then get sad when I realise I won’t ever be able to learn all about the topics I’d like to. Thank goodness for rabbit holes, though, as they’re so much fun!

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  123. Hello Annette, thank you for your kind comments. I fear I go down so many rabbit holes and then get sad when I realise I won’t ever be able to learn all about the topics I’d like to. Thank goodness for rabbit holes, though, as they’re so much fun!

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  124. Hello Annette, thank you for your kind comments. I fear I go down so many rabbit holes and then get sad when I realise I won’t ever be able to learn all about the topics I’d like to. Thank goodness for rabbit holes, though, as they’re so much fun!

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  125. Hello Annette, thank you for your kind comments. I fear I go down so many rabbit holes and then get sad when I realise I won’t ever be able to learn all about the topics I’d like to. Thank goodness for rabbit holes, though, as they’re so much fun!

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  126. Thank you very much, Andrea, for visiting the Wenches and giving us all a fascinating insight into Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain. Thank you also to everyone who has dropped by and commented. Andrea has chosen Mary M as the winner of a copy of her book. Congratulations, Mary! Andrea will be in touch with you about your prize!

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  127. Thank you very much, Andrea, for visiting the Wenches and giving us all a fascinating insight into Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain. Thank you also to everyone who has dropped by and commented. Andrea has chosen Mary M as the winner of a copy of her book. Congratulations, Mary! Andrea will be in touch with you about your prize!

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  128. Thank you very much, Andrea, for visiting the Wenches and giving us all a fascinating insight into Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain. Thank you also to everyone who has dropped by and commented. Andrea has chosen Mary M as the winner of a copy of her book. Congratulations, Mary! Andrea will be in touch with you about your prize!

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  129. Thank you very much, Andrea, for visiting the Wenches and giving us all a fascinating insight into Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain. Thank you also to everyone who has dropped by and commented. Andrea has chosen Mary M as the winner of a copy of her book. Congratulations, Mary! Andrea will be in touch with you about your prize!

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  130. Thank you very much, Andrea, for visiting the Wenches and giving us all a fascinating insight into Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain. Thank you also to everyone who has dropped by and commented. Andrea has chosen Mary M as the winner of a copy of her book. Congratulations, Mary! Andrea will be in touch with you about your prize!

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