apollo knots, exotic tarts and everything greek

Like all proper duchesses, Mummi continued to slave over her hair until it started falling out.   Fancy hair was of utmost importance in our castle and thereabouts.  All of us girls had to spend hours with the ladies-in-waiting, with their pulling and oiling and poking in sphendones and wreaths and so forth.

Of all the elaborate coiffures, the Apollo knot was most popular with us Bavarian Princess types, mainly because it’s very Greek, which is big in our family.  We love the Greeks!  Our cousin Otto was King there for a bit, before he was exiled by the masses and sent back to Munich.

Gossipy aside: Rumor has it that Otto had the same lover as his father, King Ludwig–none other than the notorious tart Jane Digby!  Now, I know our family is known for nepotism and intermarrying, but please…this Apollo knot-wearing harlot was over the top, even for us!