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Lord Minimus: The Extraordinary Life of Britain's Smallest Man
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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.
From splendor to slavery, the fascinating story of the official court dwarf for Charles I In 1628, as the guest of honor at a lavish banquet thrown by the Duke of Buckingham, the newly married Queen Henrietta Maria watched as servants set a large, raised 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, named Jeffery Hudson. Standing only eighteen inches, he became a favorite of the queen and was later immortalized in a Van Dyke portrait. Yet after killing a man in a duel, Jeffery was banished, beginning a journey through life that included war, intrigue, and being enslaved by Barbary pirates--twice. Jeffery Hudson rose from an impoverished background to the opulence of the royal court before losing every comfort, but through it all, he retained his dignity, humanity, and hope.
About the Author
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.
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