“Wanneer men de oude gegevens bestudeert, dan blijkt dat onze grootheid op en neer gaat met de levende vruchtbaarheid van onze grond. En nu is het zo gesteld, dat vele jaren van uitgeputte en chemisch vermoorde grond en van gedevitaliseerd voedsel daaruit, onze lichamen verzwakt en, nog erger, ons nationaal karakter ontkracht heeft. Nu is het de beurt van de worm om de mannelijkheid van Engeland te versterken.” En hij gaat dan voort met de natuurlijke mest aan te prijzen om te herwinnen “Our punch, our character, our lost virtues”.
Boudica is the Queen of the British Iceni tribe who led a revolt against the Romans in 60 AD.
Her husband, the original ruler, was an ally with Rome.
When he died, Boudica took over.
Yet the Romans did not respect a female ruler and decided that this would be the ideal time to annex her kingdom.
Boudica was publicly humiliated (flogged) and her daughters were raped.
Yet the Iceni people had a strong amount of respect for their queen.
With her people behind her, Boudica led a revolt against the Romans that would go down in history.
JOAN OF ARC BRANDISHING HER SWORD AND WADING INTO BATTLE
“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it.”– Joan of Arc
Before writing this post, the little I knew of Joan of Arc wouldn’t fill a thimble. The information I was hoping to get from my old copy of The Book of Saints proved skimpy and too parochial for my purpose. Turning to film, I decided to watch (again) the two best known classics about the Maid–the colorful Joan of Arc (1948), starring the late Ingrid Bergman, and the silent masterpiece, The Passion of Joan of Arc (1924), with the acclaimed Italian stage actress Renee Falconetti in the stark black-and-white title role. Their unedited versions had just been released, and I heard they were the nearest one could get to visualizing the real Joan. To be sure, there were other movies (some I…
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I suppose this qualifies as one of my occasional ‘non-Scottish’ blogposts as it doesn’t deal with places or events in Scotland. There is, however, a slight Scottish connection, because the main event referred to here marked a significant milestone in the career of Oswiu, king of Bernicia, whose realm included parts of what are now Lothian and the Borders.
We begin with the words of an Englishman, the Venerable Bede, writing c.730 at the Northumbrian monastery of Jarrow. In Book 3, Chapter 14 of his Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Bede tells us that two northern English kings prepared to do battle with one another in the summer of 651. One was Oswine, ruler of Deira, a kingdom roughly coterminous with the pre-1974 county of Yorkshire. The other was Oswiu of Bernicia, whose territory lay north of the River Tees and whose chief citadel lay on the imposing…
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Today we came across a new-to-us website, which looks of great interest to those interested in King Harold II, the last Anglo Saxon King of England. It is called Secrets of the Norman Invasion, and is all about a suggested alternative Sussex site of the Norman invasion and battlesite. It says:-
“This blog is to keep people up to date with what is happening at the investigations that are taking place in Crowhurst and at Upper Wilting Farm, where the Normans landed and fought the most famous battle in history. This unique heritage site is World Heritage Site potential, now under threat again from the development of the A259 link road.
Archaeological investigation is taking place at the site, and a large number of artefacts have been found. The site is threatened by a proposed road development. There is also a book called The Secrets Of The Norman…
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