None of this is helping my resolution to not drop all my other projects and make a 17th century gown, like right now. No, I'm not suffering from costuming ADD, not at all! *rolls eyes*
The former CD (listening to it as I type) is fun. The booklet is wonderfully pretty and the pieces remind me a lot of the music in the 1970's Three Musketeers. I'm really loving my Purcell CD as well. There are a few choral type pieces that get on my nerves after a while but on the whole I really like it. The recording of Dido's Lament (one of my favorite arias) is very nice indeed.
The Frasier book was very interesting, as it traced not just the mistresses and flings of Louis XIV but all the influential women in his life, including his mother, daughters and daughters-in-law. I didn't realize until I got to end that it was an abridged version I'd been listening too so now of course I want the "real" version. Amazon has a download version that isn't too pricey... someday I really must break down and buy some form of portable MP3 player.
I'm thinking I should read a book on Charles II next - any recommendations? Also did you go see Moliere last night bauhausfrau? How was it?