list of items that would fit into one's wardrobe (modern items) that could be Downton inspired.
Check it out: Downton Abbey Inspired Fashion and Style for Everyday
February 24, 2012
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February 13, 2012
“Too much compliance is degrading; you must play your own part, if you wish to be valued. If you do not, I foresee great trouble before you; nothing but mischief-making and plots, which will make your life unhappy. Believe the advice of a mother, who knows the world and idolizes her children, and desires only to pass her sad days in being useful to them.”
Maria Theresa, 13 October 1777
February 07, 2012
|Gerber, Matthew. 2012. Bastards: Politics, Family, and Law in Early Modern France. New York: Oxford University Press.|
My reading list is getting bigger again (every now and then I go a little crazy and book browsing turns into heavy duty book shopping!...I am not alone right?)
So I thought I would share some of the works I am most excited about with you!
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), Constance C. McPhee, and Nadine Orenstein. 2011. Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine . New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Family, Gender, and Law in Early Modern France. University Park, Pa: Pennsylvania State University Press.
McMurran, Mary Helen. 2010. The Spread of Novels: Translation and Prose Fiction in the Eighteenth Century (Translation/Transnation). Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Williams, Carolyn D., Angela Escott, and Louise Duckling. 2010. Woman to Woman: Female Negotiations During the Long Eighteenth Century. Newark: University of Delaware Press.
Martin, Meredith. 2011. Dairy Queens: The Politics of Pastoral Architecture from Catherine de' Medici to Marie-Antoinette . Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.
Nattress, Laurel Ann. 2011. Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature's Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart. New York: Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks.
One of my readers has suggested the following title:
The Journal of Madam Knight:
A diary kept in 1704 by Sarah Kemble Knight on her hazardous round-trip journey from Boston to New York. Filled with witty comments on the manner of the people Madam Knight encountered, the lack of suitable accommodations, and the geography of early New England.
For more book suggestions check out my Eighteenth Century Book List.
February 03, 2012
The latest exhibition at the Grand Palais is called France in Relief, Masterpieces from the collection of relief maps of Louis XIV to Napoleon III. The show features amazing scaled-down maps of some primary European cities made of wood, paper, metal and silk. In a way, they are like the 18th century version of Google Maps.
The 3D maps were created for military purposes at the time, to aid in the preparation of war. During the 18th century they went on display to reinforce the power France held. But today they serve to teach us about the development of borders, town planning, map-making, historical towns (that have since been destroyed and rebuilt) and even siege warfare.
The maps are so well made and realistic you can picture the 18th century cities just as they were; the detail in the architecture of buildings and layout of each city gives us a fresh perspective on historical urban life. To create the maps, surveyors and engineers were sent out across the country to measure and record the details of assigned towns. There are 16 maps on view, all from the collection of the Grand Palais. The cities include:
Fort Barraux (Isère),
Bergen op Zoom (Netherlands)
Check out this video on the exhibition, you will be amazed at the size and detail in each map!
If you can make it to this show, it is on view until February 17, 20
Video via Liberation Next
Would love to hear your thoughts if you see it!
Nef du Grand Palais
Avenue Winston-Churchill - 75008 Paris
Hours:Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wenesday, Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
5 €, concessions 2,50 €