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Why is Rome called the Eternal City?

June 7, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

Rome was known as the Eternal City even among the ancient Romans themselves. It was so called because the Roman people thought that no matter what happened to the world, no matter how many other empires might rise and fall, Rome would go on forever. Tibullus (54-18 B.C.), Roman elegiac poet, and Ovid (43 B.C.-17 A.D.), one of the …

What famous Scottish king was a leper?

June 6, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

Robert the Bruce (1274-1329), liberator of Scotland and King of that country from 1315 until his death, was a victim of leprosy. The Scottish King had made a vow to go on a crusade to the Holy Land, but was prevented from doing so, first by wars at home and then by the disease that he knew would …

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What is the surname of David Lloyd George?

May 22, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

Lloyd George, not simply George, is the surname of the British statesman who was Prime Minister during the First World War. David Lloyd George was born in Manchester in 1853 of Welsh parents. His mother was a daughter of David Lloyd, and his father was William George, who died when his son David was a …

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Why is the shamrock Ireland’s national emblem?

May 18, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

The shamrock is believed to have become the national emblem of Ireland as the result of a traditional incident in the life of St. Patrick. The patron saint of Ireland, it is said, appeared in 433 A.D. before a large group of Irish pagan chieftains and druids assembled on Slane Hill near Tarn. During one …

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How did a spider save Scotland?

May 15, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

In 1306 Robert Bruce, or Robert the Bruce, was crowned King of Scotland. Soon afterward his forces were routed by the English and he fled from the country, taking refuge on Rathlin Island off Antrim in Ireland. He was concealed for a long time in what is now known as Bruce’s Castle on this island …

Who said: “The king is dead! Long live the king!”

March 29, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

This expression seems to be of French origin. It was used in France to announce the death of a king and the accession of his successor to the throne, signifying that the country was never without a sovereign. William Blackstone, in his Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765) expressed the same idea in, “The …

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Who was the last British king to fight in battle?

February 22, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

George II who was King of Great Britain from 1727 to 1760 and who regarded himself as a military genius, was the last British sovereign to take an active part in a military campaign and to participate in a battle. In 1708 at the age of twenty-five George fought at Oudenarde as Prince of Hanover. …

What is New Jersey tea?

February 16, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

New Jersey tea is the popular name of Ceanothus americanus, a white-flowered plant that grows abundantly in the northeastern part of the United States. The name arose from the fact that the Indians and early settlers, particularly in New Jersey, used the plant to make a drink. From the roots, which contain a red coloring …

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How did “bunk” originate?

January 24, 2017 | Author: | Posted in General Knowledge, History, Language, Literature

The original form of this word was Buncombe, which has been corrupted into bunkum and bunk. It originated in the United States House of Representatives on February 25, 1820, at the close of the historic debate on the Missouri Compromise. Felix Walker, a naive old mountaineer, represented the North Carolina district including Buncombe County. He …

Who were the tailors of Tooley Street?

January 20, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Geography, History

While George Canning (1770-1827) was Prime Minister of England, several tailors met in a house on Tooley Street, London, for the purpose of redressing popular grievances. They drew up a petition to the House of Commons that began with the words, “We, the people of England.” There is a difference of opinion regarding the number …

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