The next couple of weeks feature major auctions of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Surrealist, and Contemporary Art at both Sothebys and Christies in both London and New York. These sales will set the market for many highly collected artists. Sotheby’s kick it off on the evening of the 26th in London with their Impressionist & Modern Art […]
To follow on my previous post, from which the central importance of women in the construction of the Norman State should be adduced, and to strip away from the account of the Norman chroniclers (propagandists) obvious untruth: THE PIVOTAL ROLE OF NORMAN MATRIARCHS 1. Ivar exosus (cruel). His nickname, ‘beinlauss’, is wrongly interpreted as ‘boneless’, […]
We Look at the roles cast so far for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune as Warner Brothers set the date for the release of the second big-screen attempt at Frank Herbert’s Sci-fi masterpiece.
From the Republic of San Marino we headed south and visited one other town in the afternoon before heading back to our home base in Ravenna, Italy. Urbino is about 45 km (28 miles) south of San Marino, via a winding country road that meanders through the hills and valleys of this beautiful region of […]
Those of you who are even passingly familiar with this blog will realize that the novel Dune is something near and dear to my heart. So about a week ago, my attention was drawn to this article that pretty much makes Frank Herbert’s novel out to be the original “White Man’s Burden.” I rebut this […]
If you thought of mustard when you read today’s blog post title, you have good reason. It was the ancient Romans who originally brought the seeds to France, leading to kings enjoying it on their dinner tables as early as the 13th century. In 1777 businessmen Maurice Gris (Grey) and August Poupon, in their original […]
Otto Penzler, publisher and proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York, is selling his personal collection of rare books at auction. Penzler has been collecting first edition detective fiction for more than fifty years. In the early days, he says, “It was easy to find a half dozen first editions in collectable condition within […]
It’s time for February’s post and I thought it would be only fitting to write a post regarding the theme of love. As I was beginning my research and narrowing down different topics I came across a most amusing book, The Art of Courtly Love, written between 1174-1184 (dates are not precise) by a clergyman […]
Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg turns 28 on February 16th. The Grand Ducal Court released some new pics. The Court released the images on February 15th and they were taken by Lola Velasco. Very lovely pictures of Alexandra.
Marquis’s Daughter’s Grief The first time I met him, it felt like lightning struck me. Beautiful Crown Prince with blond hair and blue eyes as if he came out of a story. I wanted to become special someone to him, who never broke his gentle smile. ◇◇◇ “Crown Prince…” When I’ve heard there’d […]
The early clan chiefs of Normandy held power through alliances with those of competing claim. It was an act of political proportion, as if attempting to ride two horses, with feet in two stirrups, as many sharp twists and turns were to be attempted. William Longsword’s first alliance was with Sprotta, of unknown lineage; his […]
3 players at the table. Each player chooses one pair they like. Knight/Squire Situation: The dukes are going to war and your manor is right on he border of two rival dukes on opposite sides. You must choose. Sorcerer/Apprentice Situation: Your duke is going to war and is calling their sorcerer to their side. Your […]
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