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Magnificent festivals, 17th century Roman style

In the 1650s, rich Roman families competed to put on spectacular shows to welcome the Pope’s prize convert to Catholicism, Queen Christina of Sweden. A description from Veronica Buckley’s Christina, Queen of Sweden: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric, read by Emma Handy

Photo: The Festivities in honour of Queen Christina at Palazzo Barberini in 1656 by Filippo Lauri and Filippo Gagliardi (Getty Images)

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