Category Archives: Kings and Queens

Queen Victoria at Work

Queen Victoria going through her red dispatch boxes, while her secretary Hafiz Abdul Karim stands by. Taken in 1893 in the gardens at Frogmore House near Windsor Castle, by photography studio Hills & Saunders. Source: [National Portrait Gallery, London NPG P51] Advertisements

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Armchair History Tourist #3: Virtual Tour of Versailles

No time to travel to France?  Enjoy the Palace of Versailles from the comfort of Google Street view! From a joint project between the Chateau Versailles and Google Art Project: a tour of the Palace of Versailles using Google Street … Continue reading

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Armchair History Tourist #2: The Bayeux Tapestry Animated!

The Bayeux Tapestry is a 70-metres long embroidered cloth depicting the Battle of Hastings between the Normans and the Anglo-Saxons in 1066.  It’s a masterpiece of medieval artwork and shows a pivotal historical event, comic-book style in over 50 frames. … Continue reading

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Caesar’s Assassination and a Forgery

From an early 20th century manuscript by the Spanish Forger, who created hundreds of forgeries of medieval illuminated texts: a miniature of Caesar’s assassination from Suetonius’ Life of Caesar. Source for photo: [Christie’s Auction House Sale 5334, Lot 14]

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My IKEA glasses seem a bit boring now…

Things I’ve learned this morning: 1) My morning coffee would be that much more awesome if I could drink it from a gold lion cup. 2) The definition of the word “leonine”: it means to resemble a lion or its … Continue reading

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History Has Cool Jewelry, Part II

An ancient Egyptian ring with two horses prancing through inlaid flower stones (now mostly missing), from the reign of Ramses II (r.1279-1213 BCE).  The horses are a tiny 7.7 mm high and the ring was made from gold with cloisonné … Continue reading

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Vacation with Queen Victoria Looks…Fun

Here’s to hoping your vacation this summer looks a bit funner than this! Photo from the National Portrait Gallery (UK), by Numa Blanc Fils, 10 April 1890. Source: [National Portrait Gallery NPG x24836]

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