Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Tudor Period’s Anne of Cleves Tragic Tale

Once upon a time in the 1500s, there was a German noblewoman known as Anne of Cleves who eventually became the fourth wife of King Henry VIII of England.  The story you are about to hear is not exactly what … Continue reading

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Flower Power

Once upon a time, many centuries ago, a symbol was born that has stood the test of time.  This decorative symbol has sprung up on numerous European coats of arms and flags, as well as being prominent with the French … Continue reading

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Stylish Shape At Its Best

Trivia time for all you fashion extraordinaires!  What do you call a tight fitting men’s jacket, shaped and fitted to the body, which was worn in Western Europe from the Middle Ages to the mid-17th century.  Still thinking?  Here are … Continue reading

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All For One And One For All

They were an early modern type of infantry soldier, especially in Europe.  Similar to a dragoon or cavalryman, they were known to fight on horseback.  They were the predecessor to the rifleman.  They were always armed with a musket (until … Continue reading

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Hail to the Queen!

In the line of infamous queens, there is none as mean, none as nasty, none as feared, none as foul-tempered as the villainous Queen of hearts, the tyrannical monarch of Wonderland in Lewis Carroll’s beloved children’s tale Alice’s Adventures in … Continue reading

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Tunic – The Body Garment That Just Keeps Going

When it comes to body garments, there are many different types.  There’s the night gown, the jacket, the robe, and the long shirt, but one of the longest lasting body garments is the tunic.  You have most likely heard this … Continue reading

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The Pirate King

When it comes to the master of the high seas, there is none more infamous than the cunning Captain Hook.  This devious villain is the antagonist originating in J.M. Barrie’s children’s classic Peter Pan. Captain Hook is the commander of … Continue reading

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The Hard Knock Life

Known for refinement, elegance, and culture, the Renaissance era was a time of flourishing in many ways.  However, amidst all the revelry and class was the harsh reality of daily life.  While it may have been somewhat bearable for Renaissance … Continue reading

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Private Practice

In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of life, one cannot help but crave moments of silence and solitude to clear the mind and recharge.  For the average person, these times are occasional.  However, for a monk, this … Continue reading

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