My latest post looks at King John's 'Sin Tax' and why it brought about legal change in medieval Britain.
Added by Grace Elliot on May 22, 2011 at 3:26pm — No Comments
Traditionally what are violin strings made from?
A) Cat gut,
B) Steel wire or
C) Sheep intestine.
The answer, of course, is (c) – sheep intestine, so why then, do are the strings of violins, stringed instruments and tennis rackets called ‘cat gut.’ It seems the answer lies with a medieval myth about16th century saddle maker, Erasmo. (*)
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Added by Grace Elliot on May 18, 2011 at 10:46am — No Comments
My mid week post involved the Emperor Napoleon and 30,000 rabbits. This reminded me of Napoleon’s reputation for being afraid of cats. Apparently this was an open secret amongst friends and adversaries alike. Indeed, during an important political debate, an opponent got the upper hand, throwing Napoleon off his stride, merely by bringing the subject of cats into the conversation.
Another example of this deep seated fear happened during the campaign for the Battle of…Continue
Added by Grace Elliot on May 15, 2011 at 2:47pm — No Comments
My midweek blog post is a blend of animals, history and trivia- to stimulate and make you smile! This is an almost Monty Pythonesque tale involving the French Emperor Napoleon, his Major General ‘Berthier the Ugly’ and 30,000 rabbits.
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Added by Grace Elliot on May 11, 2011 at 2:49pm — No Comments
For Mother’s Day I was lucky enough to be receive The Tudors DVD box set (and I didn’t even hint that hard!) So this morning you would have found me ironing along to Season Two…with tears streaming down my face. Anne Boleyn was executed. Say no more. An extremely moving episode, which is perhaps why, when it came time to write my blog post, my mind turned to thoughts of beheading… and the guillotine.
Where was the guillotine invented?
Added by Grace Elliot on May 8, 2011 at 3:07pm — No Comments
My current guilty pleasure is watching The Tudors on DVD (a mother’s day present from my boys – clever chaps.) All of which set me thinking: how well do you know your Tudor history?
So here’s a simple question:
How Many Wives did Henry VIII have?
Now those of you with an English education will be counting on your fingers: Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived.
Added by Grace Elliot on May 1, 2011 at 3:24pm — No Comments
For your Sunday enjoyment, an excerpt from 'A Dead Man's Debt.'
In this excerpt we meet Lord Ranulf Charing and his arab stallion,…Continue
Added by Grace Elliot on May 1, 2011 at 10:33am — No Comments