Time for tea.
If you look on the blog pages you will find a whole new page concerning tea. There is also an invite to share tea recipes.
I do hope you enjoy the new page and it will be up on the blog indefinitely to enable readers to share their teatime favourites.
As an answer to a special request:
Members of the Knights of St Francis were gathered by personal request. If you look at the name list you will see why.
This is not a group of who had nothing but wenches on their mind Their lending library makes interesting reading.
Regarding: What did they worship?
Remember this is the 18th century and the time of the revival of Greek myths and legends, all those ‘Dancing shepherd’s come away.’
This notion gained from the European tour altered more than everyday fashion. If you consider 18th and early 19th century poetry you will find more thoughts on this.
Women in the club:
Women were invited to participate. Some were paid courtesans. Do remember to be a courtesan in the 18th century was to hold a role of some importance. The women in the order of St. Francis of Wycombe came from the elite and many had political minds.
Some female members were wives to the male members. In the chambers of the monastery those ties were void and a woman could, because of her masked disguise, pick a partner from those attending the meeting.
Was it all about sex?
My wholehearted answer is no. This was something more than a ‘knocking shop’. The members were invited because they had intelligence and wit, capability and places of office.Though sexual activty certainly had a place in the meetings, members also read, discussed issues of the day, and entertained others too.
I do hope that I have not given any readers the idea that the Knights of St Francis were anything more than a group of experimental intellectuals who enjoyed the ‘company’ of beautiful and intelligent women.