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In his 1836 book On the Mental Illumination and Moral Improvement of Mankind, Reverend Thomas Dick calls the peacock “the most beautiful bird in the world.”  There are few that would dispute this d…

Source: The Peacock in Myth, Legend, and 19th Century History

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Originally posted on Mimi Matthews.

The scandalous tale of Lady Godiva’s ride has been in circulation for nearly ten centuries.  In that time, it has provided inspiration for innumerable poets, painters, and sculptors.  Inevitably, Lady Godiva is depicted as naked on horseback, covered only by her long hair, as she rides through the town of Coventry.  But did such a ride ever take place?  According to some sources it did.The legend was first recorded in Roger of Wendover’s 13th century Flores Historiarum (Flowers of History).  Since then, it has been listed as fact in several other historical texts, including both Charles Knight’s A History of England and Chambers’ Encyclopaedia.Lady Godiva by William Holmes Sullivan, 1877. According to the legend, Lady Godiva was so distressed about the high taxes levied on the citizens of Coventry that she appealed to her…

via The Legend of Lady Godiva: Depictions in Art, Literature, and History | Mimi Matthews.


I’ve never been a great one for fantasy, unless you count a slight passion for time-travel and ghosts, so creating this dragon picture has come as quite a surprise to me, as it may do to you! As with The Grapes of Worth, it was work-in-progress at the end of November, a luscious grungy purple background just waiting for something perfect. That something perfect turned out to be a dragon. Who’d ‘ave thunk it.

The Purple Dragon
The Purple Dragon Greeting Card

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Sarah

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