Francis Kirke Posted May 16, 2017 Share Posted May 16, 2017 The Queen’s Presence Room mirrored that of the King’s, in that it was open to all gentry and wealthy merchants. It was a spacious room, able to seat 40, but a welcoming one, decorated in warm red that was nicely accented by the ivory upholstery of the seats and decorative gilding. The central focus of the room was an elevated couch, reserved for the Queen, with a scattering of chairs near it as well as other groupings of seats settled around the room for attending courtiers. The rounded tables and cupboards around the desk held bouquets of flowers as well as busts of various historical figues – Aristotle, Copernicus, Julius Ceasar, Sappho, Dido and others. Leading further from the room were two doors on the far side of the room. The door to the left would take one to the Queen’s Drawing room and the one on the right to the Queen’s private parlour that guarded the entrance to the Queen’s bedroom and closet. The King had been visiting the Queen most afternoons, so it was not very long before Francis found himself in the Queen's Presence Room an afternoon not long after meeting Lady Dorothea. Or rather saving her from the innocent attack of one foolish youth by the name of Master Whitehurst! He found himself looking at the bust of Sappho who, amongst the others, seemed just a little bit out of place. Love poetry did not seem their royal lady's thing from Francis' little experience of her, but ladies were strange creatures. Perhaps yet having the bust there was a hint at a gentler nature beneath their Queen's aloof exterior. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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