Sunday, September 27, 2009

LOUIS XIII - THE CLASSIC EUROPEAN MONARCH

Louis XIII

Louis XIII is a central figure in Alexandre Dumas, père's novel, The Three Musketeers

Louis XIII (1601-1643), as a child, was "deprived of maternal tenderness, frequently whipped, and usually in bad health." (Louis XIII of France: Biography from Answers.com)

Louis became king of France in 1610, at the age of eight and a half.

Charles d'Albert de Luynes

Louis, who was reportedly gay, developed an emotional attachment to Charles d'Albert de Luynes (1578-1621) who entered his service in 1611.

Louis married the Spanish princess, Anne of Austria, in 1615.

Louis occasionally slept with his wife, out of a sense of duty.

LOUIS XIII

Louis had a number of male favourites.

The last of them was the young Henri d'Effiat de Cinq-Mars (1620-1642).

In 1642, Louis had Cinq-Mars executed for political reasons.

Tallemant des Réaux speculated in his writings about what happened in the king's bed.

Reportedly, Louis had a liaison with an equerry, François de Baradas.

Tallemant described how, on a royal journey, the king "sent M. le Grand to undress, who returned, adorned like a bride. 'To bed, to bed' he said to him impatiently... and the mignon was not in before the king was already kissing his hands."[8]

T S Eliot


In T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, we read:

'You gave me hyacinths first a year ago;
'They called me the hyacinth girl.'
Yet when we came back, late, from the Hyacinth garden,
Your arms full, and your hair wet, I could not
Speak...


Cats is based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot.

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) was assumed by number of writers, such as Hart Crane and Harold Norse, to be gay.

Carole Seymour-Jones argued, in Painted Shadow: A Life of Vivienne Eliot (2001), that T. S. Eliot was gay.

In 1952, John Peter described Eliot's The Waste Land as a poem for a dead male lover.

Eliot's writings suggest his fascination with the homoerotic, especially early poems such as "The Little Passion," "The Burnt Dancer," and "The Love Song of St. Sebastian." (Article: Outing T.S. Eliot.(Critical essay).

Eliot had a relationship with Jean Verdenal (1889-1915).

This took place in Paris in 1910 and 1911 while Eliot was studying at the Sorbonne.

Verdenal died during World war I, aged 26.

In 1917, Eliot dedicated Prufrock and Other Observations to Verdenal.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies


Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, CBE (born 8 September 1934), is an English composer and conductor and is currently Master of the Queen's Music.

He is open about being gay. (Peter Maxwell Davies)

He lives in the Orkney Islands, on Sanday, with his partner Colin Parkinson.