Saturday, July 29, 2017

Breakfast Links: Week of July 24, 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• Heels, flats, and ankle straps: shoes in Jane Austen's world.
• Gorgeous memento of a forbidden love: the Maria Fitzherbert jewel.
• The Witch of Berkeley meets the Devil, and medieval hilarity ensues.
• Herbal folk cures from County Donegal.
• What did a "Welsh comb" mean to 18thc men (and why blame the Welsh?)
Image: The gold rosary Mary Queen of Scots carried to her execution.
• Washington's Wormley Hotel, the premier late-19thc gathering place for politics, diplomacy, and social elegance.
• No "King of Kings": how and why American revolutionaries changed the Book of Common Prayer.
• Capitol ghosts.
• Removing the Dauphin from his mother, Marie Antoinette.
• India's lost historic "party mansions."
• Why you can't ever call an enslaved woman a "mistress."
• Image: Some Anglo-Saxon women wore crystal balls on their belts -amulets of the sun and purity, but their true meaning is a mystery.
• Fifteen rare color photographs from World War II.
• Virtual "unrolling" of ancient scroll buried by Vesuvius reveals early text.
• Liberty Poles and the two American Revolutions.
• The mystery of Sappho.
History is the intersection of what actually happened and how we perceive it.
• Letters written to loved ones after Gettysburg reveal the pain of those left behind.
• Food photography over the years.
• Martha Gunn, 18thc Brighton celebrity and "dipper."
• A Roman glass bowl that was imported to Japan - in the 5thc.
Image: Just for fun: Gloria Gaynor's iconic "I Will Survive" as a Shakespearean sonnet.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection


Hels said...

Wormley Hotel was a terrific post. I have often found that a successful livery business as hack drivers was essential for a great hotel. Or being close to a railway station or carriage depot. Not only politicians and traders loved the ease of transport when they were in hotels on business; wealthy people travelling for pleasure did as well.

Are there any surviving photos of the original hotel's interiors?

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