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Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Friction between the houses leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night’s Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy horrors beyond

One of the most fascinating figures of the 18th century was the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a composer, violinist, fencing champion and military hero whose fame spanned continents. That he was black, born in 1745 to a white planter and his slave mistress in Guadeloupe, not only shaped his life in France but has fed a growing interest in him today.

Though Saint-Georges’s life reads like a Hollywood screenplay, it was his musical talent that most interested Gabriel Banat, a concert violinist and musicologist whose biography, “The Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Virtuoso of the Sword and the Bow,” was published by Pendragon Press in 2006.

“He’s not a Mozart, but his innovative violin technique makes him a bridge between Italian virtuosos like Vivaldi and Locatelli and Beethoven in his violin writing,” Mr. Banat said in an interview in his home here. “He did a lot for the violin in bringing Italian virtuoso technique to the great masters.”

Saint-Georges, who died in 1799, wrote 14 violin concertos, 8 symphony concertantes and 5 operas, among other works.

 Now retired, Mr. Banat, 81, has spent years researching and writing about Saint-Georges, who made music in the court of Marie Antoinette and went on to lead a regiment of black soldiers in the French Revolution.


A Swashbuckling Violinist, Fresh From the 1700s

[Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Print after Mather Brown, France, c. 1790s]

Watercolor of Henry Angelo’s Fencing Academy, by Thomas Rowlandson, 1787. The Chevalier St. George’s portrait, foils, and fencing shoes are displayed on the right wall.

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“ The true story of how The Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. ”

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Release Date : 2015-11-06
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Greco-Roman Bronze Chimera’s Foot, 2nd Century BC/AD

This impressive fragment of a foot was probably part of a monumental bronze statue of a Chimera, a most monstrous creature in Classical art. Greek mythology imagined the beast as a full lion’s body with the tail which ends with the snake’s head and the additional goat head arising from its back. Homer described the Chimera as “a thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle, and snorting out the breath of the terrible flame of bright fire” (Iliad 6, 179-182). At the command of King Iobates of Lycia, Bellerophon, the Corinthian hero, with the help of the winged horse, Pegasus, defeated the Chimera. Since Pegasus could fly, Bellerophon shot the Chimera from the air, safe from her heads and breath.

It may well be that the sculpture was not a single figure but made part of the group which included Chimera, Bellerophon and Pegasus. Examples from Greek vase painting, mosaic, engraved gems and terracotta reliefs help to visualize two major variants of the composition: Bellerophon opposing the attacking Chimera or the hero on the horseback smashing the squat beast. As it seems, the sharply bent bronze leg corresponds better to the last variant.

Egyptian Faience Hippo, Middle Kingdom, 11th-12th Dynasty, C. 2000 BC

Hippo figures served as grave goods in the Middle Kingdom, as the hippopotamus was a symbol for regeneration in the afterlife. The drawings on the figure are meant to mimic the natural habitat of the animal. Here the hippo is surrounded by lotus buds and flowers with a flying bird overhead, just as it would be in a papyrus thicket. This piece is probably from Thebes.

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without having lived them, those we spent with a favorite book.

Marcel Proust (1871 –  1922) a French writer and critic, from his essay Days of Reading on why we read

Imagine hearing about a play that ran for one night only.

Everything you know about it is second-hand at best. If you’re lucky, you might be able to talk to someone who saw it. If you’re really lucky, they’ll even be telling the truth. More likely, everything that comes to you is of the “I know a guy whose second cousin’s former roomate was in the audience” variety.

With a bit of digging, maybe you can get your hands on some of the props and costumes, though there’s nothing to tell you how they were used. Maybe even a few pages of the script - though as any student of theatre can tell you, what it says in the script and what actually went down on stage are often two very different things.

Now: imagine writing fanfic based on this play you’ve never seen and never will, without so much as a decent plot summary to guide you.

If that sounds reasonable to you, congratulations: you may have what it takes to be an historian.