Monthly Archives: September 2016

Pre-Elizabethan Drama: Liturgical Drama

English drama began as  an extension of the liturgy of the same church, which had abolished such displays because of their indecency some four centuries prior. The church made no move to revive an art form they considered to be … Continue reading

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Carter Braxton, Father of 18 and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

  Carter Braxton was born on September 10, 1736, at Newington Plantation in Livingston, Virginia. He was the son of George Braxton, Jr., and of Mary Carter, who died just seven days after giving birth. Carter’s father died when he … Continue reading

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R. J. Reynolds’s Tobacco Connection to King Edward VII

I live in North Carolina where for many years tobacco was “King.” Tobacco Road was an historic tobacco-producing area of central North Carolina. Among the many who rode the “tobacco wagon” to riches (until the 1980s when the U. S. enacted anti-smoking … Continue reading

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The Marriage of Victoria, Princess Royal, to Prussian Prince Frederick William

Who actually first initiated the idea of a marriage between Princess Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa of Great Britain and Prince Frederick William of Prussia is not as important as the impact of the marriage. Some think Queen Victoria’s uncle, Leopold  I, “nudged” … Continue reading

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Changes in 19th Century English Schools

Education in England has roots deep in the Anglo-Saxon period. Latin was the main subject at these early schools and the instruction was directed toward the sons of “aristocracy” of the age. The church saw a need to train additional priests, … Continue reading

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James Wilson, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence Who Spent Time in Debtor’s Prison

Wilson was born on 14 September 1742 at Carskerdo, near St. Andrews, Scotland, and educated at the universities of St. Andrews, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. There is some speculation that he did not finish his studies for he emigrated to America, arriving … Continue reading

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