Tintagel, legendary place where King Arthur was born. Down below is Merlin's cave, with its magic, flat stones. My parents had a few of those stones for years, placed on the coffee table in their living room. At age 14, I spent six weeks based in Exeter, England with my parents and 17 other high... Continue Reading →
"While much of the UK still struggles after the financial crash, one city is thriving. Money, companies and people are pouring into London like never before. Why is the capital so dominant? Is its success good or bad for Britain? And what should the rest of the country do? Evan Davis explores the story of... Continue Reading →
"They will remember that we were sold, but not that we were strong. They will remember that we were bought, but not that we were brave." -- William Prescott, 1837, former slave. We will remember. I was moved by the unvarnished history displayed at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, England -- how the city... Continue Reading →
Carved on Westminster Abbey in London are 20th Century martyrs, who include Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia, a saint of the Russian Orthodox Church; Martin Luther King Jr. and Archbishop Oscar Romero. .
Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=103840 William of Normandy gets most of the fame as conqueror of England in 1066 and the first real English monarch, but I've been doing some reading on earlier monarchs, including the man modern historians now view as the first English or certainly Anglo-Saxon monarch, Athelstan orÆthelstan, circa 894-939, or King of the... Continue Reading →
When the Scots immigrated to America, they generally inter-married with other Scottish clans for the first generations in America. In the fourth generation after the crossover to the new world, my grandfather, William Graham Buie, born in 1864, was probably among the first in his family to marry someone who wasn’t primarily of Scottish descent,... Continue Reading →
People who honestly trace their ancestry should be prepared for the good, the bad, and the ugly, unafraid to discover scoundrels as well as angels, failures as well as successes, in their family tree. I purchased Family Tree Maker, along with a subscription to Ancestry.com. Through the magic of shared genealogical databases over the Internet,... Continue Reading →
The Coronation Anthem One of the last official acts of the reign of George I of Great Britain was to both naturalize George Frideric Handel as a British citizen and to commission Handel to write the coronation anthem for King George's son and successor, George II. Documentary on History of the British Monarchy My friend... Continue Reading →