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Fri, Jun 15, 2018
Source: History Today
The Invisible Countess

Jacqueline Reiter

Born into one of Britain's great political dynasties and married into another, Mary Elizabeth Pitt was determined to embrace the responsibilities of a woman of her standing, despite the many obstacles in her way. ‘Yesterday the daughter of Lord Sydney was at Court for the first time since her late marriage with the Earl of Chatham', the Morning Chronicle [...]
Fri, Jun 15, 2018
Source: History Today

Following a revolt by the English nobility against his rule, King John puts his royal seal on the Magna Carta, or “Great Charter.” The document, essentially a peace treaty between John and his barons, guaranteed that the king would respect feudal rights and privileges, uphold the freedom of the church, and maintain the nation's laws. Although more a reactionary than a progressive document in its day, the Magna Carta was seen as [...]

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

I see from the recent story on the opening of Westminster Abbey's triforium galleries that I am not alone in my obsession with its Cosmati pavement, the glorious inlaid semi-precious stone, marble, metal and glass mosaic in front of the High Altar. It was commissioned by King Henry III for his rebuild of the less glamorous Abbey built by Edward the Confessor. Odoricus, an Italian mosaicist trained [...]

Thu, Jun 14, 2018
Source: The History Blog

During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopts a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” The national flag, which became known as the “Stars and Stripes,” was based on the “Grand Union” flag, a banner carried by the Continental Army in 1776 that also consisted of [...]

Wed, Jun 13, 2018

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