The transgender diplomat who gripped 18th century London

The examination in 1771 of transgender diplomat the Chevalier d’Eon

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Who was Britannia on the old penny coins?

This story always tickles me. It seems that Britannia in her trident and helmet on the old penny coins was one of the mistresses of Charles II. The so-called “Merry Monarch”, who ruled after the grim puritan interlude of Oliver Cromwell, had an insatiable libido. He famously carried on an affair with London street girl…