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WHEN IN ROME

Rome, as the freshly abdicated ex-queen Christina saw it on her arrival, was a city in the process of being transformed by the genius of Bernini. Everywhere, churches and palaces were being rebuilt, and handsome piazzas laid out, in all … Continue reading

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PERIPETY & PERSEPHONE

”My favourite myth is that of Persephone, who, because she picked a forbidden flower or because she was out in the fields picking unforbidden flowers, depending on whom you believe, was abducted by Hades, the God of the Underworld.¬†Once with … Continue reading

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GYPSY QUEENS & ALCHEMY KINGS

One was quite homely and unfeminine, and the other a beauty.Queen Christina of Sweden and Greta Garbo. Yet their destinies crossed into a fusion of karmic proportions that continues to invite question and pique curiosity. For both, the determination to … Continue reading

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LOVE THE STORM AND FEAR THE CALM

Christina of Sweden( 1626-89) was the paradoxical monarch. ”Astrologers predict she will be a boy, and when she is born with a caul over her pelvis, she is believed at first to be a boy. Her mother rejects her because … Continue reading

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