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The Three Princes of Serendip and the One-eyed Camel

The tale that gave us the word serendipity, and possibly the classic detective story.

Once upon a time, in the land of Serendip, there ruled a wise and powerful king, Giaffer. 2,147 more words

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Walpole and the ancient world

In this fourth instalment of our special blog series, we continue to follow art historian and provenance researcher, Silvia Davoli, on the trail of the lost treasures of Strawberry Hill House. 1,255 more words

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Hooked on a trial: the court-martial of Admiral John Byng

Last week I found myself growing ever more addicted to the research on Admiral John Byng’s trial. I have notes on this trial dating back to 2009. 337 more words

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[Course] ENGL403: The Gothic Novel

What makes a novel “Gothic”?  Scholars have debated this question for decades: some consider “the Gothic” a literary time period, spanning from the 1760s to 1820; others view it as a set of thematic concerns; still others understand it as a literary mode, in which contemporary authors like Stephen King continue to write. 

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Gothic Fiction

Manuscripts, ca. 1780-1824 / collected by the Hon. Anne Rushout

A collection of some 150 separate pieces, in English and French, neatly attached to pages of good quality paper, in a variety of different hands and dating mainly from ca 1780 to 1824.

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The mystery of the painting that inspired 'The Castle of Otranto'

In this third instalment of our special blog series, we continue to follow art historian and provenance researcher, Silvia Davoli’s quest to find the lost treasures of Strawberry Hill House. 1,888 more words

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Master Bunbury

SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS PRA (1723-1792)

Master Bunbury (1780-81)

Oil on canvas (78 x 64 cm)

Philadelphia Museum of Art

This is one of those paintings whose genesis and the behind-the-scenes story is as interesting as its aesthetical value. 413 more words

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