Category Archives: Biography

The Roll Call

…or, to give it its full title, Calling the Roll after an Engagement, Crimea, a large military history painting exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1874, was so popular as an exhibit that a policeman, ‘poor, hot man’, had to … Continue reading

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Winter Journey

Last Saturday, in ‘CD Review’ on BBC Radio 3, they discussed and played extracts from various new recordings of Schubert song cycles, of which the least satisfactory (in my view) was a Winterreise by a counter-tenor. Not the strangeness of … Continue reading

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The Bible as History

In my nerdy childhood, one of my favourite books was The Bible as History in Pictures, which offered black-and-white illustrations (often badly reproduced, and probably from nineteenth-century originals) of ancient sites and artefacts which could be related to the biblical … Continue reading

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A Memoir of Gabriel Beranger

Yes, folks, the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes strikes again! This time it was Ireland rather than England that got the benefit of Louis XIV’s intolerance, albeit after an indirect journey via the Netherlands. Gabriel Beranger (1729–1817) was, as … Continue reading

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Threading My Way

… is a very apposite title for this 1874 book by Robert Dale Owen, son of Robert Owen, the cotton magnate and social reformer. As the subtitle says, it covers the first 27 years of his life, and the word … Continue reading

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