Friday, December 18, 2015

John Smith, Pocahontas, and a Romantic Meeting?


          [Pocahontas visited England for six months in 1616-17, but John Smith, the person she most wanted to see, had not come to see her. She was very disappointed. And then one day . . . . 

         Then, after Twelfth Night, George Percy had invited the Rolfes to visit him at Syon House, the home of his brother, the Earl of Northumberland, at Brentford.  On the second afternoon of their stay, a footman came to her chamber with word that Master Rolfe wanted her: there were visitors in the hall who desired to see her. Pocahontas hesitated: she was not yet dressed. That was the custom in England, she had been told. Ladies of fashion wore loose-fitting gowns at home, and laced themselves into bodice and kirtle, stomacher and gorget and ruff, when they went out. Very well then, she thought, she would receive these visitors in her gown. It was a dark red velvet robe, edged with bands of gold braid around the sleeves and the neck. Smoothing the silk net coif whose pearl clasps held her hair in place, she hurried down the broad staircase of Syon House to greet her husband and the visitors.
         John was waiting for her at the foot of the stairs. . . .


For the rest of this Twelfth Night scene, see this blog on January 2, 2016.

Meanwhile, Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Did John Smith sleep here?

Syon House, Brentford
Home of the Earl of Northumberland

Pocahontas probably visited here. John Smith may have met her here. One of England's most historic houses, built in 1567. 

More about this later. Meanwhile, JAMESTOWN: THE NOVEL makes a good Christmas gift!