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40: Old Gib Cats and Mighty Queens

My household has been in disarray.  I never before saw so many strange folk about the house and yard.  And many carts come and go. 1,104 more words

BBC2: Bloody Queens Elizabeth and Mary

Apologies about the gap between posts dear readers, life has somewhat been turned upside down over the last 3 weeks. So much so that I did not see that there was a programme on BBC 2 about the subject of my undergrad dissertation, focusing on the relationship between Mary Queen of Scotts and Elizabeth I. 1,503 more words


Family Visit to Epping Forest

It’s been a while since Mr Techno and I have both had a full day off at the same time. Which means we hadn’t been on a family day out since our visit to… 922 more words


39:  Wicked Tongues and Clean Whiskers

Oh, we’ve been merry of late.

The Spanish have sailed eastward, so will not land near us. Nero brought this newes.  His master has returned from Portsmouth, where he went to aid in the defences. 1,071 more words

The Embroidered Book, The Miroir or Glasse of the Synneful Soul (1544)

It is common now to associate old and antiquarian books with leather bindings – the cherished patinas and leathery smells, embellished perhaps with armorial motifs or previous owners’ library markings giving a sense of permanence and authenticity.   607 more words

Book Collecting

Whose exchange?  The Queen’s Exchange

On this day in 1571, Elizabeth I opened the – first – Royal Exchange (see also  here).

As Stow put it:

“The Queen’s Majestie attended with her nobility, came from her house at the Strande, called Somerset House, and entered the City by Temple-bar, through Fleet streete, Cheap, and so by the north side of the Burse, to Sir Thomas Gresham’s, where she dined”. 242 more words

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