|Charles II by John Michael Wright (1617 - 1694)
As I've mentioned before, I was mad about Charles II as a child, even keeping a scrapbook with pictures of the glamorous raven-locked 6' 2" monarch and stories I'd copied out of library books.
Two of the volunteers were dressed in the 17th Century fashion of the day. The chap in the bedroom told us about the evolution of flatware, why spoons were laid with the bowl facing the table (to avoid the devil leaping inside and being swallowed by an unsuspecting diner) and that it was Cardinal Richelieu who introduced the dinner knife in 1637. He just about managed to tell us that it was Louis XIV who was responsible for the Roman numerals on a clock changing from IIII to IV before the tour group caught up the bedroom and we had to move on.
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