The Bourbon Dynasty: Henrietta d’Angleterre : The Flirt ( 1644-1670)
Henrietta was a charming woman who was highly strung, graceful and, imprudently, a bit of a flirt. Today she might have been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa.
Her flirtations were not appreciated by her touchy homosexual husband, Philippe , duc d’Orleans.
Against Philippe’s wishes Henrietta went to England to negotiate a secret diplomatic agreement between Louis XIV and her brother Charles II.
Soon after Henrietta’s return she fell violently ill. She soon died. There was suspicion of poison. However she died of an abcess on her liver.
Note: Her first child was rumored to have been sired by one of Philippe’s lovers. Or, perhaps, his brother the king. Both unlikely.
Note on Lenticular: The blue flower is that of the Chicory plant. A tonic could be made from this plant and was used for everyday ailments. This was the tonic that Henrietta drank before she died.
Lenticular is a technique where one image “flips” to another using finely calibrated stripes of lenses. Most peoples first contact with lenticulars is the “blinking eye” prize in a box of Cracker Jacks.
All Bourbon lenticulars measure 8 inches by 10 inches. They are made to order and come in editions of 10. Framing is not included.