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Janet Ravenscroft

Charles II in about 1650, by Adriaen Hanneman (or his studio).

A lively account highlights the heroic exploits of his loyal companions and the ravages of war against Cromwell.

Disabled people were prominent at the court of the Spanish Habsburgs. Janet Ravenscroft examines the roles they played and draws comparisons with modern attitudes towards physical imperfection.

Court fashion, a love of birdsong and the pressures of being a king are some of the subjects discussed in letters between Philip II of Spain and his teenage daughters. Janet Ravenscroft explores the human side of one of Europe’s most powerful Renaissance monarchs.