Category: Ireland

The Spanish Dancer and the King

In a previous post, we took a look at the life of Ludwig, the Mad King of Bavaria.  (Please see this post:  http://www.historynaked.com/ludwig-mad-king/)  He was not the only odd ball in the Wittelsbach family.   The grandfather for which he was named had a distinctly overbearing personality and an obsession beautiful actresses.  Ludwig came to the […]

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St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone has heard of St. Patrick.  The patron saint of Ireland who drove the snakes from the island.  However, the famous Irish saint was not even Irish by birth.  It is thought that he was born in Scotland, England, Wales or even on the coast of France around 385 CE.  He wasn’t named Patrick either. […]

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Twelfth Night and Nollaig na mBan

Traditionally, the Christmas season lasted from Christmas Day on the 25th to January 5, and there was a celebration and a holiday for each one.  These were typically in honor of a specific saint.  In medieval Europe, the Christmas holidays were: Day 1 (25th December): Christmas Day, which celebrated the birth of Jesus Day 2 […]

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The Naughty Hellfire Club

Prince Regent:   Last night, I was having a bit of a snack at the Naughty Hellfire Club, and some fellow said I had the wit and sophistication of a donkey. Blackadder:   Oh, an absurd suggestion, sir. Prince Regent:   You’re right. It is absurd. Blackadder:  Unless, of course, it was a particularly stupid donkey. If you […]

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Theft of the Irish Crown Jewels

The Order of St. Patrick was created in 1783 by George III as a corresponding association to the English Order of the Garter.  The king was the head and Sovereign of the Order; and the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland was the Grand Master in the absence of the Sovereign.  At ceremonies the Sovereign or the […]

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