Monthly Archives: July 2014
Interest in the French Revolution goes far beyond France and has oft been the setting for novels. The most famous are probably those featuring the Scarlet Pimpernel, the fictional English saviour of doomed French aristocrats. A foppish dandy by day, and a bold adventurer by night, Sir Percy Blakeney first appeared in a play (1903), […]
Movies reflective of revolutions and other July-related historic happenings. Carry On: Don’t Lose Your Head (1966) (French Revolution) Dangerous Exile (1958) (French Revolution, based on the book, A King Reluctant) Johnny Tremain (Disney, 1957) (American Revolution) Lady Jane (1986: 14+) (Short Reign of England’s ‘Queen’ Jane) Newsies (Disney, 1992) (New York City newsboy strike of […]
Lady Jane Grey & the ‘Devise for the Succession’. Some historical figures owe their place in the history books to the ambitions of others, and it seldom worked out well for them. One such was Lady Jane Grey, who got to be queen of England for all of nine days. Lady Jane Grey was born […]
Some revolutionary book suggestions. Ages 3-7 The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dagliesh (American Revolution) Ages 7-9 Magic Tree House # 22: Revolutionary War On Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne (American Revolution) Ages 10-13 Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (American Revolution) The Lacemaker & The Princess by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (French Revolution) Royal Diaries: […]
Question: What marble image of a man’s head will bite your hand off if you tell a lie? Answer: The Bocca della Verità (The Mouth of Truth), a large stone mask in the portico wall of the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome, Italy. Dating back to about the 4th century BCE, it is […]
Americans probably know this, but for all you non-Americans – did you know that three of the country’s founders were even patriotic in death? Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4th, 1826, and James Monroe on July 4th, 1831.