Saint George, the Oak, the Green Man, and Monotheism

The 23rd of April is St. George’s Day, and there is all kind connections between Saint George and the pre-Christian god The Green Man from the Anglo-Saxons to the modern era. Moreover, the Green Man and Saint George are important in the Islamic religion as well. When I was reading about ancient Yahwistic religious beliefs… Read more Saint George, the Oak, the Green Man, and Monotheism

Suicide by Seven Stab Wounds

French Admiral Pierre-Charles-Jean-Baptiste-Silvestre de Villeneuve committed “suicide” on 22 April 1806 while a prisoner of the English by stabbing himself in the right lung six times and once through the heart. Villeneuve was in command of the French and the Spanish fleets that were defeated by Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, but his early… Read more Suicide by Seven Stab Wounds

Happy Birthday to Henri II of Navarre

Henri II of Navarre was born on 18 April 1503 to Queen Catherine and King John III. Ferdinand II of Aragon invaded Navarre in 1512 and claimed kingship for himself. In spite of Navarre’s struggles for independence and a failed reconquest attempt of Navarre in 1516,  Ferdinand’s grandson Charles V continued to proclaim himself king… Read more Happy Birthday to Henri II of Navarre

Easter in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park

The climax of Jane Austen’s third novel, Mansfield Park, revolves around Easter. First, the heroine, Fanny Price, suffers because of the holiday. She cannot return “home” to Mansfield Park and her loved ones among the Bertrams until her Uncle Bertram says so, and she was told that he wouldn’t send for her until after Easter… Read more Easter in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park

Happy Birthday to the Queen’s Ancestor, Regency Era Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck

William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Bentinck was born on 14 April 1738, the eldest son and heir of William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland and Margaret Cavendish-Harley. The newborn had an illustrious future ahead of him. Not only would he be the 3rd Duke of Portland, he would hold every title of British nobility – Duke, Marquess,… Read more Happy Birthday to the Queen’s Ancestor, Regency Era Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck