History Schmistory, June 17: The Good Kind of Good.

1119 – Charles the Good became Count of Flanders. Charles was known for his kindness and generosity towards the less fortunate. You could always count on him! 

Hey look! It’s Good ol’ Charles.

Ludicrous Latin: Sentio aliquos togatos contra me conspirare

I think some people in togas are plotting against me.


History Schmistory, June 16: Wait, She Didn’t Die?

1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle prison in Scotland. While we had mentioned in a previous “History Schmistory” that Monty Python says Ms. Mary dies, we were on a mission to find the REAL story. Take that Monty!

In case you missed it, here’s another clip of Mr. Python’s take on the Q of S….

History Schmistory: June 15. Other than that, how was the flight?

1785: Francois de Rozier becomes the first air ballooning fatality. No truth to the to rumor he was texting while ballooning.

Other than that how was the flight?  "Ascension captive d'une montgolfière (Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier) dans les jardins de la papèterie Réveillon, le 19 octobre 1783." Claude-Louis Desrais [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Other than that how was the flight?
“Ascension captive d’une montgolfière (Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier) dans les jardins de la papèterie Réveillon, le 19 octobre 1783.” Claude-Louis Desrais [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory, June 15: FRRREEEEDDDOOOMMMM!

1215 – King John signed Magna Carta in Runnymede, England. Magna Carta was the first document forced onto an English King by a group of his subjects. It also influenced the early settlers in New England and inspired later constitutional documents, including the United States Constitution. We The People say…


Aw Man! Do I have to give up all my controlling powers?

History Schmistory: June 14. Bad Day for the British Monarchy.

1645: Battle of Naseby; Parliamentarians defeat Charles I. Based on the photo, it should have been called the Battle of Noseby.

IMAGE: www.flickr.com

History Schmistory, June 14: It’s The Middle of the Night Mister!

1597 – At 4:30 AM, Willem Barents left Novaya Zemlya for Netherlands. He wasn’t the best looking chap, mostly likely from limited beauty sleep.

Introducing Bill “the not so beautiful” Barents!

Hemingway in Paris

Ernest Hemingway came to Paris in the 1920s on Sherwood Anderson’s advice to go to Paris and meet Gertrude Stein. The advice began one of the most influential careers in the history of literature. Today, we fashioned a Hemingway Literary walk that began with his first apartment on Rue Notre Dame de les Champs and finished on the Left Bank at Shakespeare and Co., the bookstore that took its name from Sylvia Beach’s store of the same name. Here was our itinerary:

Hemingway in Paris Tour

171 boulevard du montparnasse Closerie des Lilias-Cafe featured in “The Sun Also Rises”
113 rue Notre dame des champs-Hemingway’s first apartment in Paris
74 Cardinal Lemoine-2nd apartment, where he lived longest, where Hadley had Bumby
Rue Mouffetard-Market streets which he described as “a cesspool.”
27 Rue des Fleurus-Gertrude Stein’s apartment & salon, featured in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.” It was here that young Hemingway met, and began to disdain, the ex-pat American literary society.
Luxembourg Gardens–Park where Hemingway caught a pigeon to eat
Les Deux Magots–Cafe where older Hemingway hung out after WWII
Shakespeare & co (rue odeon)–Original site of Sylvia Beach’s bookstore, now gone. Beach published James Joyces Ulysses which made her ground zero for the Lost Generation literary movement. When they weren’t drunk (and sometimes when they were), ex-pat American writers such as Fitzgerald and Hemingway were often found here. Interestingly, the site also features a plaque to American pamphleteer Thomas Paine, who lived there after the French Revolution.
Shakespeare & Co. (Left Bank)–Across from Notre Dame, bookstore that took its name from the original. Home to backpackers and writer wanna-be’s, the store stamps as books as proof that pilgrims have made the last stop on their Hemingway journey.


Ludicrous Latin: Non plaudite. Modo pecuniam jacite.

Don’t applaud. Just throw money.

History Schmistory: June 13. The Peasants are Revolting.

1381: The Peasants Revolt begins in England. Wat Tyler leads a crowd of peasants who spend two glorious days killing the Archbishop of Canterbury and drinking in London. Then Wat Tyler was killed and the revolt ended. They got to keep their swag.

IMAGE: www.anselm.edu

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