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 day Ukraine, she was the most feared women on the Eastern Front. She was […]

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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 make knotted pile rugs which reached a peak of sophistication and technique under the Moors. […]

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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 with American. I often get asked what sort of clothes my protagonists in The Embroiderer would have worn. As […]

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