Enjoy this week's round-up of historical articles.
by Annie Whitehead
by Wendy J. Dunn
(Editors's Choice from the archives)
by Maria Grace
And a timely post from the archives...
by Katherine Pym
|Arthur Prince of Wales|
|18 Year Old Henry in 1509|
|Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford|
|The trial of Laud|
|The trial of Strafford|
|Strafford on his way to execution, being blessed by Laud|
The rose is a symbolic figure so rich in meaning that by now it hardly has any meaning left: Dante's mystic rose, and 'go lovely rose', the Wars of the Roses, rose thou art sick, too many rings around Rosie, a rose by any other name, a rose is a rose is a rose...'
Umberto Eco : Reflections on The Name of the Rose.1983
their Chambers and parlours strawed over with sweet herbes, refreshed mee, their nosegayes finely entermingled with sondry sortes of fragrant floures in their bed chambers and privie roomes, with comfortable smell cheered me up, and entirelye delighted all my sences.
‘the smoke of brimstone beaten into a fine powder and burnt on a new tile stone'Another of his ideas, of how to have fresh roses at all times of the year was equally suspect, involving gathering half-open rosebuds at sunset,
'touche them not with a hande in gathering, with a sharpe knife properly gather them'After that you had to put them in a jar stoppered with horse dung, and bury the pot underground.
'and so you may have rose leaves and other flowers to lay about your basons, windowes and court cupboards, all the winter long.'
|The Brodgar Peninsula. Photo: Jim Richardson.|
|The Heart of Orkney World Heritage Site. Image: Islandhopper (licensed under GNU).|
|The Ring of Brodgar. Photo: Renata (image is in the Public Domain).|
|The Stones of Stenness. Photo: Stevekeiretsu (licensed under CCA).|
|The passage grave of Maes Howe - the passage is aligned towards the Winter Solstice sunset. Photo: Rob Burke (licensed under CCA).|
|The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae. Photo: Dg-505 (licensed under CCA).|
|Neolithic house at Skara Brae. Photo: John Allan (licensed under CCA).|
|Professor Gordon Childe. Photo: National Library of Australia (image is in the Public Domain).|
|Excavations at the Ness of Brodgar. Photo: www.orkney.com.|
|The Rollright stone circle, Oxfordshire. Photo: Ian Freeman (licensed under CCA).|
|Grooved ware pottery (image is in the Public Domain).|