Social History

Downton Abbey, Creator Julian Fellows Finale Season 6 Begins

Downton Abbey, Creator Julian Fellows Finale Season 6 Begins

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Season Six of Downton Abbey is about two extremes of historical continuum and the frailty of our humanity ancient past to distant future, in shades of Season One

Books and on Being a Bibliophile – Heartbreak and Happiness

Books and on Being a Bibliophile – Heartbreak and Happiness

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Being a bibliophile is not only about heartbreak, but also happiness too and spending a rainy day reading in bed or on the sofa is certainly my idea of luxury

Progress – Building Social Capital and Mutual Goodwill

Progress – Building Social Capital and Mutual Goodwill

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Progress hinges not on eradicating mistakes, but on our success at perpetuating them – by making good mistakes we learn to forgive, progress and mature by fault

Diana - The Hunt

Diane de Poitiers – Moon Mistress and Woman of Influence

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Wearing black and white was a statement of style for the mistress of Henri II of France Diane de Poitiers who adopted Goddess Diana’s crescent moon as a symbol

The Failure of Sir Gawaine: Sir Gawaine and Sir Uwaine at the Ruined Chapel, Number 4 of the Holy Grail tapestries woven by Morris & Co. 1891-94 for Stanmore Hall

Tapestry Tales – Weaving the Threads of Destiny

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In Greek Mythology the three Goddesses of Destiny and Fate were recorded in many formats, including tapestries that depicted them weaving the threads of destiny

Hall-of-Mirrors-at-Versailles

The Mirror – Mastering Reflection or Eye Catching Deception

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Described as the ‘matrix of the symbolic’ the Mirror has accompanied the human quest to know and understand our own identity… who is the fairest of them all?

Tower of Pisa

Towers – Symbols of Hope and Freedom

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Prior to the twentieth century towers were built as symbols to the heights of material wealth and prosperity the western world had yet achieved.

Jeanne-and-Abel-Poisson-(Mme-Pompadour)

Jeanne Antoinette Marquise de Pompadour – Woman of Influence

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French painter François Boucher produced many of the images we have of Jeanne Antoinette, Marquise de Pompadour, official Mistress of King Louis XV of France

Amorini in a wallpainting in the Casa Vettii at Pompeii

Love Jewellery – Rome to Renaissance Pt 1

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A belief gold and gemstones had an effect on the affairs of many has not been limited to any culture and tokens of human affection were jewelled objects of love