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Blog 62 18/12/2017 Ancient Greece: The Golden Age of the Banquet.

Posted on 17 December, 2017

Blog 62 18/12/2017 Ancient Greece: The Golden Age of the Banquet.

Ancient Greece: The Golden Age of the Banquet. As it’s that time of year when we splash out on food and entertaining, usually to later regret our excesses, I thought I would look at feasting in ancient Greece and the golden age of the banquet which...

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Blog 61 26/11/2017 Constantinople and the Exotic World of the Guild of Furriers.

Posted on 26 November, 2017

Blog 61 26/11/2017 Constantinople and the Exotic World of the Guild of Furriers.

Constantinople and the Exotic World of the Guild of Furriers. The guild system has played a vital role in commerce throughout the developed world for centuries but probably none were more diverse or eccentric than those in the Ottoman Empire. Each...

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Blog 60 07/11/2017 The Changing Face of Fashion in the Third Reich.

Posted on 7 November, 2017

Blog 60 07/11/2017 The Changing Face of Fashion in the Third Reich.

The Changing Face of Fashion in the Third Reich. When Hitler came to power in 1933, one would think he had more than enough to think about without turning his attention to the German fashion industry. But then we should think again; his involvement...

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Blog 59 30/10/2017 Ottoman Embroidery: The Barber’s Apron

Posted on 28 October, 2017

Blog 59  30/10/2017 Ottoman Embroidery: The Barber’s Apron

Ottoman Embroidery: The Barber’s Apron Ceremony and ritual were extremely important in Ottoman life and can be divided into two areas. The first were ceremonies associated with religious observances such as Ramadan culminating with the Feast...

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Blog 58 12/10/2017 Ottoman Women and their Patronage of the Arts.

Posted on 12 October, 2017

Blog 58  12/10/2017 Ottoman Women and their Patronage of the Arts.

 Ottoman Women and their Patronage of the Arts. The Ottoman Empire spanned over six centuries (1281-1924) and reached its peak during the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent (1520-1566). During this period the general concensus in the west about...

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Blog 57 06/10/2017 “From Epirus to the Antipodes: Multicultural foundation through artefacts.”

Posted on 6 October, 2017

Blog 57 06/10/2017  “From Epirus to the Antipodes: Multicultural foundation through artefacts.”

“From Epirus to the Antipodes: Multicultural foundation through artefacts.” It is not often I find someone who shares the same level of enthusiasm for Greek/Ottoman textiles, history and art as my guest today.  Dean Kalimniou is a...

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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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