Monthly Archives: November 2016

Edward Rutledge, Youngest Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Edward Rutledge was born on November 23, 1749, in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the youngest of seven children, son of Doctor John Rutledge, who emigrated from Ireland to South Carolina, about the year 1735. His mother was Sarah Hert, … Continue reading

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A Play from Emma Wood: “Mr Bennet’s Bride,” a Pride and Prejudice Prequel

First, before we begin, I should say that Emma is literally on the other side of the world. Where she lives it is already Thursday, November 10, so if she does not respond too quickly to comments below, it is … Continue reading

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Queen Victoria Chooses a Husband for Her Second Daughter, Princess Alice

¬†With the marriage of Victoria, Princess Royal, to the future Frederick III of Prussia, Queen Victoria turned her “matchmaking” skills upon her second daughter, Princess Alice Maud Mary. Although she promoted the idea of love matches for all her children, … Continue reading

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Colorful (But Lesser Known) Contemporaries of William Shakespeare, Part II

Previously, in our survey of the History of English Literature, we looked at Barnaby Barnes, John Fletcher, and Nicholas Breton. You may find that post HERE. Today we will explore the accomplishments of Sir Henry Wotton, Anthony Munday, and Raphael … Continue reading

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Drambuie: Scotland’s First Commercially Produced Liqueur

To fully appreciate how Scotland claimed drambuie as its own, one must possess a general knowledge of what is known in Scottish/English history as the Rebellion of ’45. James II of England and Ireland (James VII of Scotland) converted to … Continue reading

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Happy November Birthdays to Some of Our Favorite Austen-Inspired Actors

              Happy November Birthdays to these actors who held roles in Austen-related films.¬†   November 1 – Toni Colletti, who portrayed Harriet Smith in 1996’s Emma November 1 – Aishwarya Rai, who portrayed Lalita … Continue reading

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