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Blog 56 15/09/2017 Lady Death: The Deadliest Female Sniper of WWII

Posted on 15 September, 2017

Blog 56 15/09/2017 Lady Death: The Deadliest Female Sniper of WWII

 Lady Death: The Deadliest Female Sniper of WWII My research about women behind enemy lines has uncovered some remarkable heroines. Lyudmila Pavlichenko, known as Lady Death, is one such person. Born in 1916 in Bila Tserkva in what is now modern...

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Blog 55 14/09/2017 The Embroiderer: A Review by Clio Tsalapati for FRIENDS OF LITERATURE

Posted on 14 September, 2017

Blog 55 14/09/2017 The Embroiderer: A Review by Clio Tsalapati for FRIENDS OF LITERATURE

The Embroiderer: A Review by Clio Tsalapati for FRIENDS OF LITERATURE It is not often that I post an entire review on my blog but today I am making an exception. Clio Tsalapati’s Friends of Literature is a Greek site dedicated to promoting...

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Blog 54 02/09/2017 Spanish Carpets: From the Moors to the Spanish Bourbons.

Posted on 2 September, 2017

Blog 54 02/09/2017 Spanish Carpets: From the Moors to the Spanish Bourbons.

Spanish Carpets: From the Moors to the Spanish Bourbons. When one thinks about oriental carpets, Spain does not immediately spring to mind yet Spain has played an important role in this time-honoured tradition. It was the first European country to...

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Blog 53. 20/08/2017 “Liberté” Female Agents behind Enemy Lines in WWII. Part II

Posted on 19 August, 2017

Blog 53. 20/08/2017 “Liberté” Female Agents behind Enemy Lines in WWII. Part II

“Liberté” Female Agents behind Enemy Lines in WWII. Part II A month after VE Day, and a few weeks before the two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan, the man who had threatened to ‘Set Europe Ablaze,’ Winston Churchill, was out of office. The...

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Blog 52 11/08/2017 Carve Their Names with Pride: Female Agents Behind Enemy Lines in WWII. Part 1

Posted on 11 August, 2017

Blog 52 11/08/2017 Carve Their Names with Pride: Female Agents Behind Enemy Lines in WWII. Part 1

Carve Their Names with Pride: Female Agents Behind Enemy Lines in WWII. Part I   A monument stands by the bank of the River Thames commemorating the work of the agents of the Special Operations Executive, more commonly known as SOE. A part of...

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BLOG 51 04/08/2017 European Fashion in the Ottoman Empire 1900 to 1922

Posted on 3 August, 2017

BLOG 51 04/08/2017 European Fashion in the Ottoman Empire 1900 to 1922

 European Fashion in the Ottoman Empire 1900 to 1922 During the first half of the 20th century, the well-connected, fashion-conscious woman in the Ottoman Empire, particularly Constantinople and Smyrna, were familiar with European fashion and later...

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Blog 50 24/07/2017 Prodromos Bodosakis -Athanasiadis. From humble Asia-Minor roots to the richest man in Greece.

Posted on 25 July, 2017

Blog 50 24/07/2017 Prodromos Bodosakis -Athanasiadis. From humble Asia-Minor roots to the richest man in Greece.

Prodromos Bodosakis -Athanasiadis: From humble Asia-Minor roots to the richest man in Greece. Born to a Greek Orthodox family in Cappadocia, Asia Minor in 1890, Prodromos Bodosakis-Athanasiadis, more commonly known simply as Bodosakis, was one of...

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BLOG 49: 25/06/2017 A Journey along the Nile and the Kingdom of Kush

Posted on 25 June, 2017

BLOG 49: 25/06/2017 A Journey along the Nile and the Kingdom of Kush

 A Journey along the Nile and the Kingdom of Kush There is a saying that “Once you have tasted the waters of the Nile, you will return.” In my case that was certainly true. Watching Joanna Lumley’s recent documentary about her journey along the...

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Blog 48 13/05/2017 Crete: History and a Feast Fit for the Gods in Rethymno.

Posted on 13 May, 2017

Blog 48 13/05/2017 Crete: History and a Feast Fit for the Gods in Rethymno.

 Crete: History and a Feast Fit for the Gods in Rethymno. One of the joys of research is to find a place filled with history and tantalizing food at the same time. Whilst researching for The Embroiderer I spent a few weeks in Crete. The final two...

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BLOG 47 18/04/2017 Mimar Sinan and the Süleymaniye Mosque.

Posted on 26 April, 2017

BLOG 47 18/04/2017 Mimar Sinan and the Süleymaniye Mosque.

 Mimar Sinan and the Süleymaniye Mosque. Sultan Mahmud II, considered amongst many to be the last of the great Ottoman leaders before the empire fell into decline, loved Çamlıca, a beautiful area that he referred to it in his poetry with the line:...

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