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Category: English History

The Joy and Magic of the Pig: Are You Missing Out?

What’s your opinion of pigs? Do you like them better when their small and dainty, or do you prefer big and chunky? How about with wings? Never seen a winged pig? Where I live they come out every Christmas. There are winged pigs made of porcelain, fabric, candy, and my personal favorite big wire-framed light up pigs for the yard. Now, some might wonder how and when the pig got promoted from…

Do you Have What It Takes to Be the Lord of Misrule?

If you’re looking for some seasonal work, you might want to try for the Lord of Misrule. Of course, you’ll have to travel back in time, anywhere between the 13th and 16th centuries would be best. Relocation to Britain, Ireland, or Newfoundland may be required. Positions can be attained at estates, royal courts, and even big name colleges such as Oxford and Cambridge. Please be aware the job is also known…

How the English Fell in Love with Tea

The recent Fourth of July celebrations have me thinking about tea. It had a part, after all, in getting this whole independence thing started. What is it that makes tea oh-so-British? In the Beginning, God Made Tea Well, as British as it seems, tea wasn’t born in England, and it didn’t even appear there until the mid-17th century. Its origins are in ┬áChina, and for a large chunk…

Roosevelt’s Picnic or When the King Ate Hotdogs

  In the twilight of the 1930’s President Franklin D. Roosevelt sat at his desk pondering the crisis in Europe. “Is this war to be, or not to be? But that’s really not the question. The question is; how do I convince America that England will need us? ” And so, the President sat, rapping his fingers on the wood of his desk while starring blankly at the stamp collection…

We’ve got a Tolkien Kind of Love

JRR Tolkien is best known for his books, but before The Hobbit and The Lord of The RIngs, there was Edith Bratt. Both orphans, Edith was Tolkien’s first and only love. This is the story of Ronald and his real life Luthien…