England

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James Boswell – Cherished Companion and Observer of History

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London during the second half of the eighteenth century was a place where extremes met. It was full of things to do and see, of people and, of excitement. It was also at the heart of affairs both great and small.

Tudors, Stuarts & Tsars – Treasures of the Royal Courts

Tudors, Stuarts & Tsars – Treasures of the Royal Courts

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British & French silver from the Tsar of Russia’s Treasury was sold through British merchants or given to Russia as diplomatic gifts to confirm their alliance

Medieval to Modernity

Medieval to Modernity

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Poet, novelist and celebrated gardening writer Vita Sackville West (1892-1962) was born at Knole in Kent, considered by many one of the greatest of all the country seats of England. She wrote ‘there is nothing quite like the English country house anywhere else in the world. France has her chateaux,…

Downton Abbey – Upstairs & Down for the New Gen and New Age

Downton Abbey – Upstairs & Down for the New Gen and New Age

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From our London correspondent comes news about an exciting television series Downton Abbey, the most expensive British TV show ever produced. It is a great upstairs and downstairs story about life in an English Country House just prior to world war one, The dynamics of the people who live and work in Downton Abbey draw everyone into their emotional turmoil, one mostly internalized by its protagonists against their wellbeing. They are responding to the strict social and moral mores of their day which are under threat by massive societal change…

Downton Abbey & Castle – Stylish Dramas Capturing our HeArts

Downton Abbey & Castle – Stylish Dramas Capturing our HeArts

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Art, the skill and technique involved in producing visual representations… or the creation of beautiful or thought provoking works, is very evident in two very stylish television dramas currently being created on each side of the Atlantic – Downton Abbey in England and Castle in America. Their characters are capturing our heArts.