The jeweled skeletons were originally found in catacombs beneath Rome in 1578, and distributed as replacements under the belief they were Christian martyrs to churches that had lost their saint relics in the Reformation. However, for most, their identities were not known. The receiving churches then spent years covering the revered skeletal strangers with jewels and golden clothing, even filling their eye sockets and sometimes adorning their teeth with finery. Yet when the Enlightenment came around they became a little embarrassing for the sheer amount of money and excess they represented, and many were hidden away or disappeared. Koudounaris tracked down the dead survivors (atlasobscura.com)
This is maybe the cutest postcard set I’ve ever seen. Just look at them! Just imagine the badger picking blueberries to fill the wooden boxes to the brim. Bullfinch collecting rowan berries in the winter and saving them for the forest fair. Bear working with his bees to get the best honey.
Arguably one of the most famous American portrait painters of his time, Sargent disliked being photographed. Only a few photographs exist of him at work, and here is one of him sketching and puffing on a cigar.
The Srebrenica Massacre, which is also commonly known was the Srebrenica Genocide, was the genocide of approximately 8,000 Bosniak men and children in Srebrenica in Bosnia. It was committed by the Army of Republika Srpska during the Bosnian War and was the worst act of mass murder in Europe since WWII. Around 5,600 victims of the massacre have been identified thanks to DNA analysis.
Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland, Countess of Castlemaine, also known as Lady Castlemaine.
English courtesan from the Villiers family and perhaps the most notorious of the many mistresses of King Charles II of England, by whom she had five children. Her influence was so great that she has been referred to as “The Uncrowned Queen."
Barbara was known for her dual nature. Her extravagance, foul temper and promiscuity provoked diarist John Evelyn into describing her as the "curse of the nation”, whereas diartist Samuel Pepys often noted seeing her, admiringly, and others described her as great fun, keeping a good table and with a heart to match her famous temper
Tall, voluptuous, with masses of brunette hair, slanting, heavy-lidded violet eyes, alabaster skin, and a sensuous, sulky mouth, Barbara was considered to be one of the most beautiful of the Royalist women
Lady Barbara took advantage of her influence over the King, using it to her own benefit. She would help herself to money from the Privy Purse and take bribes from the Spanish and the French. But there are accounts of exceptional kindness from Barbara; once, after a scaffold had fallen onto a crowd of people at the theater, she rushed to assist an injured child, and was the only court lady to have done so.