Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Trivia Answered

No takers? Well, it was a hard one when I asked:-

"There is a coronation mantle called a Pluviale which was constructed c.1133A.D., features over 100,000 pearls, was worn by more than 47 rulers, and is still in existence today. Who was it originally made for?"

The answer was Roger II, and more information about the textile trove, including mantle, shoes, and repair kit, can be found here. For now here are a few more pictures, just to whet your appetite.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Trivia!


As the school year winds down I look forward to having more time over the summer to blog, but for now will content myself with a new round of trivia. Last time I asked:-

"This famous imposter was feted both in Europe and America throughout the 20th century before dying in Charlottesville, VA in 1984."

Cassidy correctly guessed that it was Anna Anderson, who asserted that she was the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia for decades. As her grave is not far from where I live, perhaps I should take a daytrip to see it.


For our next trivia question I'll test your knowledge of textiles history. There is a coronation mantle called a Pluviale which was constructed c.1133A.D., features over 100,000 pearls, was worn by more than 47 rulers, and is still in existence today. Who was it originally made for?

It's like trivia meets a scavenger hunt, and the result is well worth finding!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Trivia!

Time for more trivia! Last time I asked:- As most of you undoubtedly already know, this week marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's famous novel "Pride and Prejudice", but, can you name the originally intended title of the book?

Bankerchick correctly answered; "First Impressions was her first working title, however she went through several year of rewrites and by the time she was ready to publish, others had published under that title."

Next up:- This famous imposter was feted both in Europe and America throughout the 20th century before dying in Charlottesville, VA in 1984.