Posts Tagged ‘word with a past’

From the Archives: Word with a Past – Silhouette

I’m poking around in the long eighteenth century these days and stumbling across lots of surprising tidbits. Take silhouettes. I had long known that charming likenesses cut from black cardstock became a popular and affordable alternative to oil portraits in the mid-eighteenth century. To the extent that I thought about the word at all, I…

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From the Archives: Word With a Past: Mausoleum

Among other things, I’m currently working on the story of Artemisia II, the widowed queen in the story below.  I’m ashamed to realized that I did not mention her by name:  my own small contribution to erasing women from history. (I’ve corrected that in this re-run.) While we don’t know a great deal about Queen…

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Word With A Past: Guerrilla Warfare

Guerrilla tactics are probably as ancient as war itself. The word itself dates from the Napoleonic wars, a product of the Peninsular War of 1808-14 in Spain—the most prolonged and, with the exception of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, most destructive campaign of the period. Napoleon’s invasion of Spain had its official roots in long-simmering tensions…

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