Captain Jeffrey Hudson, the Lord Minimus

Captain Jeffrey Hudson, who spent the first half of his life entertaining in the court of King Charles and Queen Henrietta Maria, was one of England’s most notable and loyal dwarves. Though the second half of his life was filled with combat, pirate abductions, and forced slave labor, his loyalty and love for those he met at court never wavered.

Lord Minimus, the historical biography written by Nick Page, is a tale of not only Captain Hudson, but of the Court, of England, and of the European culture at large. Though a quick read, Page delves deep into the dwarf’s life through secondary records of his friends and acquaintances sadly due to the fact that little remains of his personal effects.

Jeffrey Hudson and Queen Henrietta Maria, by Sir Anthony van Dyck; on view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

 

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