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Archive for August, 2015

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The best pictures of Parliament offering the Crown to William and Mary

Posted in Best pictures, Historical articles, History, London, Politics, Religion, Revolution, Royalty on Friday, 28 August 2015

The best pictures of the Commons offering William and Mary the Crown show this extraordinary scene so typical of British political expediency and pragmatism.
The first picture is a painting showing Halifax ‘The Trimmer’ bearing the State Crown, and the Clerk of the House presenting the Declaration of Right to the future monarchs.

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The Lords and Commons presenting the Crown to William and Mary in the Banqueting Hall by Edgar Melville Ward (after)

The second picture is a fine engraving of the painting.

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The crown offered to William and Mary

The third picture shows a different view of the same scene in the Banqueting Hall.

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William of Orange and his Consort Mary invited by Parliament to accept the crown

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The best pictures of the arrival of William of Orange

Posted in Best pictures, Boats, Historical articles, History, Invasions, Politics, Religion, Revolution, Royalty on Friday, 28 August 2015

The best pictures of the Glorious Revolution show William of Orange and his Protestant army landing in England.
The first picture is of J M W Turner’s painting of William landing at Torbay.

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The Prince of Orange landing at Torbay by J M W Turner

The second picture shows a cheer from the greeting party on the arrival of the Prince of Orange.

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William of Orange landing at Torbay

The third picture shows a similar scene.

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The landing of William of Orange by Kronheim

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The best pictures of Carrickfergus Castle

Posted in Best pictures, Castles, Famous battles, Historical articles, History, Religion, Revolution, Royalty on Friday, 28 August 2015

The best pictures of Carrickfergus Castle reveal the origins of the fortification and show it under siege after the Glorious Revolution.
The first picture shows the Siege of Carrickfergus in 1689.

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The castle garrison eventually surrendered, but the defeated Jacobites were given safe passage by the Duke of Schomberg to the next town loyal to James as a recognition of their bravery, by Pat Nicolle

The second picture shows Marshall Schomberg landing at Carrickfergus.

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Landing of Marshal Schomberg at Carrickfergus

The third picture is an illustrated history of the castle.

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Carrickfergus Castle by Pat Nicolle

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The best pictures of the Giant’s Causeway

Posted in Best pictures, Famous landmarks, Geography, Geology, Legend, Myth, Nature on Friday, 28 August 2015

The best pictures of the Giant’s Causeway are striking images of this spectacular geological phenomenon.
The first picture shows the singular outcrop beneath the dramatic chimney tops on the cliffs.

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The Chimney Tops at the Giant's Causeway

The second picture is a long view of the horizontal formation and distant hill.

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The Giant's Causeway

The third picture is a general view of the Causeway as it falls away into the sea.

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The Giant's Causeway

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The best pictures of Polyphemus the Cyclops

Posted in Ancient History, Best pictures, Historical articles, History, Legend, Literature, Myth on Friday, 28 August 2015

The best pictures of Polyphemus show his encounters with Ulysses.
The first picture shows Polyphemus in his cave.

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Polyphemus by Charles Edmund Brock

The second picture shows Polyphemus discovering Ulysses and his men.

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Polyphemus by Roger Payne

The third picture shows Polyphemus hurling a boulder onto Ulysses and his ship.

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Polyphemus by Angus McBride

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The best pictures of Telemachus

Posted in Ancient History, Best pictures, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Legend, Literature, Myth on Friday, 28 August 2015

The best pictures of Telemachus show scenes from the young man’s search for his father, Ulysses.
The first picture shows Telemachus at King Nestor’s court.

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Telemachus, Odysseus' son, visiting King Nestor of Pylos to seek news of his father by James E McConnell

The second picture shows Telemachus with Peisistratus, his loyal friend and companion on the fruitless search for Ulysses.

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A forlorn Telemachus and Peisistratus in the palace of Menelaus

The third picture shows the reunion of Telemachus and his father.

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The meeting of Ulysses and Telemachus

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The best pictures of Penelope and Ulysses

Posted in Ancient History, Best pictures, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Legend, Literature, Myth on Friday, 28 August 2015

The best pictures of Penelope and Ulysses show them reunited after twenty eventful years.
The first picture shows Penelope recognising Ulysses.

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Penelope recognises Ulysses by Walter Crane

The second picture shows Ulysses protecting Penelope from her vile suitors.

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Penelope and Ulysses by Ron Embleton

The third picture shows their reunion.

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Penelope and Ulysses by Roger Payne

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The best pictures of the adventures of Odysseus

Posted in Ancient History, Best pictures, Bravery, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Legend, Literature, Myth on Friday, 28 August 2015

The best pictures of the adventures of Odysseus show famous scenes from his ten-years long wanderings after the Trojan War.
The first picture shows the Sirens.

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Odysseus and the sirens by Roger Payne

The second picture shows Poseidon trying to destroy Odysseus.

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Poseidon calling up the winds to destroy Odysseus by Roger Payne

The third picture shows Odysseus fearfully suspended above Charybdis.

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Odysseus and Charybdis by Roger Payne

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The best pictures of the Corinthian Order of Architecture

Posted in Architecture, Art, Artist, Best pictures, Famous artists, Famous Inventors, Historical articles, History, Inventions on Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The best pictures of the Corinthian Order show all five Orders and examples of this most decorative of them.
The first picture shows all five architectural Orders.

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The Five Orders of Architecture

The second picture shows the sculptor Callimachus, who supposedly invented the Corinthian order sometime before the 5th century when he saw some leaves surrounding an urn or plynth.

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Origin of the Corinthian Capital

The third picture shows a superb Greek capital.

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Capital of the Lysikrates Monument; Greek Corinthian

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The best pictures of Ancient Corinth

Posted in Ancient History, Architecture, Arts and Crafts, Best pictures, Historical articles, History, Sea, Trade on Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The best pictures of Ancient Corinth show the magnificence of this strategically important Greek city-state which was rebuilt by the Romans to flourish yet again.
The first picture shows the dramatic strategic position of Corinth on the slender Isthmus of Corinth.

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Corinth – Citadel at the Crossroads. Dominating the narrow land passage between the Peleponnese and mainland Greece, and controlling the crossing of ships over the isthmus, Corinth became rich and powerful, by Roger Payne

The second picture shows chariots racing outside the city walls of Corinth.

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The third picture shows the trade in Corinth.

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Corinth: The Richest City of Them All by James E McConnell

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