In 1628, as the guest of a lavish banquet thrown by the Duke of Buckingham, the newly married Queen Henrietta Maria watched as servants set a large pie in front of her. Before she could cut into it, the crust began to rise and from the pie emerged a tiny man, perfectly proportioned, but only 18 inches tall. Lord Minimus is the story of that man - Jeffrey Hudson.
Jeffrey's was a life of splendor and riches; of piracy and slavery; of war, treachery, intrigue and death. From the lowest strata he rose to the courts of kings and queens and was celebrated by the finest artists of the day.
As he grew older, his adventures grew even more bizarre. He was captured by pirates, killed an opponent in a duel, served as a slave in North Africa, and was falsely imprisoned. Yet tragically, Britain's smallest man died alone, abandoned by a society which no longer cared and which had long moved on to the next object of fashion.
Lord Minimus is the first complete biography of Hudson. Nick Page draws on original, contemporary sources to weave a tale that is not only a thrilling biography, but also a fascinating insight into the seventeenth century.
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Nick Page is a professional writer, broadcaster, and creative consultant. He is the author of The Tabloid Bible, The Tabloid Shakespeare, and Blue. He lives in England.
In 1626, as King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria enjoyed a lavish banquet hosted by the Duke of Buckingham, a pie was brought before the royal couple. From it emerged a fully proportioned, 18-inch boy named Jeffrey Hudson. Hudson would remain with the queen for the next 18 years, serving as the Queen's Dwarf and witnessing some of the seminal events in British history. Page (The Tabloid Shakespeare) succeeds outstandingly on two counts: first, in telling the extraordinary life of Hudson, and second, in recreating the Stuart court of Charles I in all its ill-fated brilliance. Page handles the political history and social milieu with impressive ease. Readers get engaging portraits of playwright Ben Jonson, designer Inigo Jones and architect Christopher Wren. Page tellingly juxtaposes the manufactured, perfect world of Inigo Jones's court masques with the darker discontent of the Puritans, who would trigger a bloody civil war and end up as king-killers. Throughout, the author goes from larger considerations of Stuart politics and society to the smaller context of Hudson's picaresque life. He was kidnapped by pirates, twice. His portrait was painted by Van Dyck. And then, after nearly two decades living in royal luxury (and becoming quite famous), he spent the next quarter-century as a slave in North Africa. Page's narrative is as fast-paced as a good historical novel. This is just plain fun reading for anyone interested in a different approach to Stuart England.
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Book Description HarperCollins, UK, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Ex library with laminated covers. Clean interior. Bookseller Inventory # 000818