To the Divine Right of Kings...
After a very nice lunch on Friday, Mark suggested we head for The Banqueting House in Whitehall, as it was something of an undiscovered gem, plus the place just bled history (metaphorically and literally...)
Completed in 1622 as part of the Palace of Whitehall, Charles I went on to commission Sir Peter Paul Rubens in 1635 to paint the enormous and highly decorative Renaissance style Italianate ceiling, both as a dedication to his father who Charles idolised (James I of England/James VI of Scotland, who spent many a happy evening here getting bladdered), and also as a testament to the divine right of kings.
Alas though, Divine Right or not, after annoying the British populace just a few too many times (for reasons too many to mention here, the Civil War not least among them), Charley-boy was executed on January 30th, 1649, right outside the building he'd personally had dedicated to his idea of what it meant to be a Monarch. Whoops!