How or whether to censor literature is an age-old question. Using medieval and early modern copies of The Canterbury Tales, an EU-funded project provides a new perspective on censorship.Hah!
“Some manuscripts leave out objectionable passages or replace objectionable words. Others elaborate on famous passages, such as the end of The Merchant’s Tale, where two characters have a sexual encounter in a pear tree,”
Before European colonists arrived in the early 1700s, the Indigenous population dwelled along the coast, away from the danger of any potential eruptions. But after becoming a British colony in the 1760s, the island’s enslaved population was forced to live and work in the volcano’s shadow. Many enslaved people died after an eruption in 1812, and many of their descendants perished when a 1902-03 eruption devastated a huge swath of the island.#StVincent #LaSoufrière #volano #history #science
[...] The guy who answered the call was a hardened naval officer named Robert Maynard. Not much is known about him, which is kind of weird because this is the dude who killed the most famous pirate ever. We know he was British, born in England, and that he lived in Virginia back when Virginians were also technically Brits. By 1707 he was a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, meaning that he would have had at least 11 years of experience in the King's fleet by 1718 – and probably significantly more, since you typically don’t just get made Lieutenant the same day you sign up for the Navy. He was serving in Virginia by 1718 aboard the 42-gun Frigate HMS Pearl, one of only two warships assigned to defend the colony’s coastline from pirates, shark attacks, and the French.I love this guy's blog, as always very well written. This time it's about the guy who killed Blackbeard.
Connolly was born in the Cowgate area of Edinburgh, Scotland, to Irish parents. He left school for working life at the age of 11. He also took a role in Scottish and American politics. He was a member of the Industrial Workers of the World and founder of the Irish Socialist Republican Party. With James Larkin, he was centrally involved in the Dublin lock-out of 1913, as a result of which the two men formed the Irish Citizen Army (ICA) that year. He opposed British rule in Ireland, and was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916.#ireland #history #meme #mecha #mech