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Skirting the Issue of ‘passing’

What makes a good man? According to history, on numerous occasions, a woman.

As early as ‘Antiquity’ it is told that a Greek woman by the name of Epopole of Carystus dressed as a man joined the Greek army during the Trojan War.

Of course one of the most famous examples of a woman taking on the appearance of a man in order to fight an enemy is Joan of Arc who led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years’ War and ultimately burned at the stake in 1431 for her troubles. Contine reading

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What a Guy

Sir Guy Carleton

First Baron of Dorchester

For a guy that had such an incredible impact of the history of Canada there is not a great deal of information about Sir Guy Carleton, the man. It is due in large part to Sir Guy that we are Canadians celebrating July 1st and not Americans celebrating July 4th.

Guy Carleton was born on Sept. 3, 1724, into a distinguished Irish family at Strabane in Tyrone County, Ireland. To all intents and purposes it would appear his upbringing was much like the average guy. Considering the extent of his knowledge and ability to strategize it is interesting to note that his exposure to formal education was fairly limited. Contine reading

Emma, Lady Hamilton by Johann Heinrich Schmidt, circa 1800

All is Fair in Love and War

All is Fair in Love and War

In keeping with the theme of love in this February issue of the Lord Durham Report I am reminded of many of the ‘great love stories’ in history. Probably one of the most endearing and enduring is that of Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton.

Nelson and War.
There can be little argument that Admiral Lord Nelson is one of, if not the finest leader in the history of Britain.

nelsonThe tales of Nelson, his bravery, his loyalty and his leadership are legendary. From the time Nelson assumed the command of the Agamemnon in service to Britain against the French in the Revolutionary wars, he became the darling of the seas and the conquering hero. Incredibly as the victim of chronic sea sickness the sea would always conquer Nelson.

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T’is the Season for Collectors to get themselves a special gift?

T’is the season for fun, festivities, family and friends!

This time of year it is said many times over how commercialized Christmas has become. Invariably we purchase gifts that are opened, used and then forgotten.

Not so the case with the collector. Collectors understand and appreciate the physical and emotional value of a gift added to their collection. Collectors also recognize how rewarding and enjoyable it is to begin a new collection.

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