Archive for November, 2008

  • The Regent’s Canal was built to link the Grand Junction Canal’s Paddington Arm, which opened in 1801, with the Thames at Limehouse. One of the directors of the canal company […]

    The Regents Canal

    The Regent’s Canal was built to link the Grand Junction Canal’s Paddington Arm, which opened in 1801, with the Thames at Limehouse. One of the directors of the canal company […]

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  • The Sator Square is a word square containing a Latin palindrome featuring the words SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS written in a square so that they may be read top-to-bottom, […]

    Sator Square

    The Sator Square is a word square containing a Latin palindrome featuring the words SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS written in a square so that they may be read top-to-bottom, […]

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  • A Signoria (from Signore or Lord) was an abstract noun meaning (roughly) ‘government; governing authority; de facto sovereignty; lordship in many of the Italian city states during the medieval and […]

    Signoria

    A Signoria (from Signore or Lord) was an abstract noun meaning (roughly) ‘government; governing authority; de facto sovereignty; lordship in many of the Italian city states during the medieval and […]

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  • In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree : Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man     Down to a sunless sea. So twice five miles of […]

    Kubla Kahn

    In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree : Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man     Down to a sunless sea. So twice five miles of […]

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  • Daniel Dunglas Home (pronounced ‘Hume’) (March 20, 1833 – June 21, 1886) was a Scottish Spiritualist, famous as a physical medium with the reported ability to levitate to a variety […]

    Daniel Dunglas Home

    Daniel Dunglas Home (pronounced ‘Hume’) (March 20, 1833 – June 21, 1886) was a Scottish Spiritualist, famous as a physical medium with the reported ability to levitate to a variety […]

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  • Joint rule The earliest recorded use of the term “synarchy” is attributed to Thomas Stackhouse (1677-1752), an English clergyman who used the word in his New History of the Holy […]

    Synarchy

    Joint rule The earliest recorded use of the term “synarchy” is attributed to Thomas Stackhouse (1677-1752), an English clergyman who used the word in his New History of the Holy […]

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  • The Infante Henrique, Duke of Viseu (Porto, March 4, 1394 – Sagres, November 13, 1460); pron. IPA: [ẽ’ʁik(ɨ)]), was an infante (prince) of the Portuguese House of Aviz and an important […]

    Henry the Navigator

    The Infante Henrique, Duke of Viseu (Porto, March 4, 1394 – Sagres, November 13, 1460); pron. IPA: [ẽ’ʁik(ɨ)]), was an infante (prince) of the Portuguese House of Aviz and an important […]

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  • Christopher Columbus (Italian: Cristoforo Colombo) (1451 – May 20, 1506) was an Italian navigator, colonizer and explorer whose voyages across the Atlantic Ocean—funded by the Spanish crown—led to general European […]

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus (Italian: Cristoforo Colombo) (1451 – May 20, 1506) was an Italian navigator, colonizer and explorer whose voyages across the Atlantic Ocean—funded by the Spanish crown—led to general European […]

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  • Medieval people called the 14th century catastrophe either the “Great Pestilence”‘ or the “Great Plague”. Writers contemporary to the plague referred to the event as the “Great Mortality”. The term […]

    The Great Plague

    Medieval people called the 14th century catastrophe either the “Great Pestilence”‘ or the “Great Plague”. Writers contemporary to the plague referred to the event as the “Great Mortality”. The term […]

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  • 131 The Dieppe maps are a series of world maps produced in Dieppe, France, in the 1540s, 1550s and 1560s. They are large hand-produced maps, commissioned for wealthy and royal […]

    Dieppe Maps

    131 The Dieppe maps are a series of world maps produced in Dieppe, France, in the 1540s, 1550s and 1560s. They are large hand-produced maps, commissioned for wealthy and royal […]

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