Tag Archives: History

  1. Pauline Bonaparte: Keeping it in the Family


    11/01/2013 by noonobservation

    What do you do if you’re young, attractive, witty, fabulously wealthy and your brother is Emperor of Europe? I would …
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  2. Charades with the Hamiltons


    27/12/2012 by noonobservation

    It’s important to remember what Christmas is all about. As well as lunchtime gin, TV-related arguments and meat-sweats, Christmas is …
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  3. Manfred von Richthofen: Baddy or Just German?


    19/12/2012 by noonobservation

    Manfred von Richthofen was credited with 80 combat victories by his death, aged just 25. At the age of 31, …
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  4. The Colour of History


    07/12/2012 by noonobservation

    This week I thought it was time to revisit my main thesis. This has absolutely nothing to do with my …
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  5. Charles XII vs My Gran


    22/11/2012 by noonobservation

    Ever since I can remember, my Swedish grandmother has been referred to within the family as “Karl den Tolfte” – …
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  6. The Life of Boris: A Very Naughty Boy


    16/11/2012 by noonobservation

    In the corner of a second-hand bookshop next to Sherborne Abbey, I recently met a handsome Russian cavalry officer by …
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  7. Stuffed Horses and the Men who Loved Them


    09/11/2012 by noonobservation

    Underneath every great general there has always been a great horse. Very few however have gone on to achieve lasting …
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