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Thread #77323   Message #1432010
Posted By: Ron Davies
10-Mar-05 - 11:26 PM
Thread Name: BS: Prince Harry and fancy dress.
Subject: RE: BS: Prince Harry and fancy dress.

It's at least good to know you weren't being ironic--on Mudcat one has to have extremely fine-tuned irony antennae.

I'll try to get access to a copy of the Gardner book--always interested in dusty corners of history---but I'll have to say I'm extremely skeptical for many reasons.

I've read about Mr. Gardner a bit. He doesn't have a reputation for careful scholarship. We would need independent confirmation.

Can you tell me exactly who is supposed to have offered the crown of "Colonial America" to Charles Stuart? I would venture to say it was not an official offer. Who would have done it?--the Continental Congress?--not likely.

Who, how, why, even where this happened would be a question. Charles Stuart was making himself persona non grata in progressively more places--even the French told him he'd have to leave France. Alcoholism and woman-beating did not help.

The tale of Charles and the crown of "Colonial America" is a good story, but I'm afraid without a lot more detail it will have to be relegated to that status, if not, as I mentioned before, fodder for Snopes.

I am of course still interested in any details you may have.