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Benjamin Bathurst

I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “On Nov. 25, 1809, British diplomat Benjamin Bathurst was preparing to leave the small German town of Perleberg. He stood outside the inn, watching his portmanteau being loaded onto the carriage, … Continue reading

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Victoria’s Granddaughters – Princess Alicky

I’ve been reading┬áJulia Gelardi’s┬áBorn to Rule: Granddaughters of Victoria, Queens of Europe (2004) and am going to do a series of posts on Queen Victoria’s five granddaughters, all of whom went on to be European queens themselves. All quotations are … Continue reading

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Circus Assassin

I found this story in a collection of ‘on this day in history’ stories. November 16, 1900: “As Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany tours Breslau in an open coach, Selma Schnapke, a circus performer-turned-shopkeeper, throws an axe at him, Apache-style, … Continue reading

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Battle of the Bees

Just a quick one today–I’m reblogging this from Futility Closet’s post here. In Africa, World War I dawned with a buzz and a howl. The British Indian Army was trying to sneak up on an eastern seaport held by the … Continue reading

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The Brothers Grimm Versus The Brother Taylor

When I was at that academic lecture about John Ruskin (which gave me SO much material for last Friday’s post), I also learned something really cool about the Brothers Grimm and what we know as Grimms’ Fairy Tales. The fairy … Continue reading

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Cheers

I'm currently reading Alexandre Dumas Jr.'s La Dame aux Camélias (I've also seen this spelled Camilias and I don't know which one is right), which I recapped recently in the form of the opera La Traviata, which I saw on … Continue reading

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Johann Beringer and the Lying Stones

I found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. "The trouble with arrogance is that you never know when to turn it off. By all accounts Johann Beringer was insufferable, so two of his colleagues on the University of Würtzburg … Continue reading

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