The daughters of Queen Victoria mourning the death of their father, Prince Albert (1862)
The Rise and Fall of Rome 500 BC - 1461 AD
(Source: haleylevitt, via pallas-athena)
VIKING MENAGERIE — Round Box Brooch, 700-900, copper alloy, made on the island of Gotland off the coast of Sweden:
“A menagerie of tiny animals inhabits the interlace patterns on this round brooch. The four oval compartments on the top show beasts with round eyes, open jaws, claw feet, and intricately entwined bodies. Known as a box brooch because it was used as a container for small objects, it would have been worn by a Viking woman on the island of Gotland to secure her shawl at the collar.”
Bonus fact: The local language of Gotland is Gutnish, which was spoken and written until the late medieval period.
(Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Wellington and Blucher Meeting Before the Battle of Waterloo by Robert Alexander Hillingford (1828-1904)
Hillingford was an English painter who specialised in historical paintings, particularly battle scenes. Towards the end of his life, he became increasingly interested in the Napoleonic Wars and this can be seen in his numerous paintings related to either Waterloo or Wellington. Though not always historically accurate (he once puts Wellington in a red coat at Quatre Bras), Hillingford captures and depicts a good likeness of the Duke in his paintings.
Welcome to the new age of Daily History! Curiosities, things you didn’t know and if possible truly daily :)
Well, I know this blog is a bit outdated in content but unfortunately I can’t keep up a historical daily routine. But that doesn’t mean this blog is condemned to failure, its quite the opposite, I’m thinking in a new way - historical of course - of remodeling this page with useful historical information, not with daily posts, but instead with facts and historical curiosities. That implies more work but not a day by day search.
Expect news very soon :)
1099 – First Crusade: Christian soldiers take the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after the final assault of a difficult siege.
1789 – French Revolution: citizens of Paris storm the Bastille. A day of great importance to France.
1793 – Journalist and French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat is assassinated in his bathtub by Charlotte Corday, a member of the opposing political faction.
1191 – Third Crusade: Saladin’s garrison surrenders to Philip Augustus, ending the two-year siege of Acre.