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Lord Minimus: The Extraordinary Life of Britain's Smallest Man

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  49 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
In 1628, as the guest of a lavish banquet thrown by the Duke of Buckingham, the newly married Queen Henrietta Maria watched as servants set a large pie in front of her. Before she could cut into it, the crust began to rise and from the pie emerged a tiny man, perfectly proportioned, but only 18 inches tall. Lord Minimus is the story of that man - Jeffrey Hudson.

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Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 21st 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 21st 2001)
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Nov 13, 2015 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lord Minimus, née Jeffrey Hudson, became part of Queen Henrietta's entourage at the age of 7 years old. It wasn't just his stature that caught the Queen's interest, she had other dwarves, but that fact that he was perfectly proportioned despite his size–18 inches.

While the story of Lord Minimus is interesting, the way it is written is not interesting. I value the background information and the historical context-it really adds to the story-but the essay like format gets old fast. A book does no
Jun 10, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seven year old Jeffrey Hudson was tiny, when he popped out of a pie specially prepared at one of the Duke of Buckingham’s celebrated banquets to the delight of King Charles I’s wife Queen Henrietta Maria. The Queen adopted Jeffrey as part of her menagerie, like a pet. The court was graced by the talents of Inigo Jones and Ben Johnson and the great artist Van Dyck. Because what is known about Jeffrey is little (sorry couldn’t resist), the book is filled out with information about the 17th Century ...more
Apr 03, 2015 Selkie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Considering what little (no pun intended) information there is available about Jeffery Hudson, the author did an excellent job recreating his life & life at court during the 17th-century. Determined to be more than just "the Queen's dwarf", Hudson fought & protected his queen during the civil wars, but was eventually banned from court for killing a man in a duel. If that were not bad enough, he was captured by pirates, & sold into slavery for approximately twenty-five years.
When fin
Jun 05, 2011 Everly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
18 inches tall and captured by pirates twice.
Ang Marie
I found this book to be very informative and thought provoking. The reader receives an understanding of court life during a turbulent era. Even more, an understanding of what it meant to be different and the kinds of struggles created by having a different appearance. I really enjoyed it, but it is not as professional a writing as I would have liked. A lot of the scenarios are written as Nick Page imagines thy would have occurred without actual accounts.
Jan 14, 2008 Liam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a biography of Jeffrey Hudson, the Queen's Dwarf. Hudson was presented to Queen Henrietta Maria by George Villiers, the Duke of Buckingham, in 1626; he remained in her service until after the Revolution.

An enjoyable read, but sadly lacking in certainty: little documentation actually exists about Hudson (both contemporary biographies are included in appendices, and together total less than five pages), and Page has had to make a great many guesses. It should be read less as an authoritative biogr
Sep 12, 2009 Phair rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strange little biography which was probably less about the Little Person of the title and more an overview of the cultural and political history of the period. It was fun to tie this into other things I've read around this period and I did learn where the term 'Tory' comes from [gaelic for 'pursuer'-toraidhe, pronounced tory, which became a general term for conservative supporters of the crown:]
Nov 03, 2012 Firefly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Delightful read, well-researched history of a "dwarf's" (the author's word, not mine) time at court and his eventual downfall to poverty when his particular royal patron fell out of favor.
May 27, 2010 Laurel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, own, read-2010
Well written, tho it contains much supposition. It gets a bit off subject, but I do like the cultural references.
Jessica Banker
Aug 04, 2011 Jessica Banker rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
boring. not interesting. dry. gave up after 4 chapters. quite dissappointed
Mar 31, 2010 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
read more like a textbook than a biography; very interesting never the less..
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Nick Page lives in Oxfordshire, UK, with his wife Claire, their three daughters and a dog called Bill.

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