The Sad Tale of ‘People’s Hero’ Wat Tyler 1381.


Pictured is poor old Wat Tyler being slain by one of Richard the Second’s thugs during the Peasant’s Rebellion in England during June, 1381.
Just when Wat Tyler and thousands of peasants (mainly women) were getting the upper hand in the Peasant’s Rebellion Wat Tyler made a terrible and fatal mistake.
He trusted the word of the Monarch who said,  “Wat old chap let’s meet to see if we can stop these horrible women peasants from murdering rich people and stealing their fine cutlery”.
So Wat being a lowly peasant thought he’s the King I should trust him and have a nice quiet peaceful chat
WRONG! Wat never got the chance to even get off his horse before he was repeatedly stabbed by some of Richard’s henchman and was soon dead.
Probably, got hung, drawn and quartered as well just for good measure.
Needless to say the Peasant’s Rebellion fell in a great screaming heap and the Nobles took their vengeance on England’s poor.
They were fair game you see and fox hunting hadn’t been invented yet and hunting down and slaughtering humans was so much better fun!


Behind the scenes of Python’s Holy Grail.

Behind the scenes of Monty Python’s Holy Grail (3)

Behind The Scenes’ Photos of Monty Python’s Holy Grail
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the comedy group Monty Python (which consisted of  Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin)
The film was directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones.
Behind the scenes of Monty Python’s Holy Grail (1)It was conceived during the gap between the third and fourth series of their popular BBC television programme Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
via vintage everyday: Behind The Scenes’ Photos of Monty Python’s Holy Grail.

Markham’s Masterpiece, 1644.


A foldout found in the 1644 edition of Markham’s Maister-peece [Masterpiece], Containing all Knowledge Belonging to Smith, Farrier, or Horse=Leech, Touching on Curing All Diseases in Horses.
Michael J. North, Head of Rare Books and Early Manuscripts in NLM’s History of Medicine Division, takes a look at one of the most important books in the history of veterinary medicine – a seminal 17th-century work dedicated to the care of horses.
One of the most important and enduring books in the English language about the care of horses is by Gervase Markham (1586?-1637), an author of poetry and practical guides, including books on horsemanship and home economics.
His most famous work, however, was Markham’s Maister-peece [Masterpiece], Containing all Knowledge Belonging to Smith, Farrier, or Horse=Leech, Touching on Curing All Diseases in Horses, which was first printed in London in 1610 and came out in dozens of editions under a number of titles for over 200 years.
This edition of Markham’s Maister-peece printed in London in 1644 and held in NLM’s collection is divided into two parts focusing on “physical cures” and “surgical cures,” the former handling mainly internal physiology and pathology with herbal or dietary remedies, and the latter covering external illnesses which required hands-on treatments like bloodletting, purging, and bandaging.
Read on via Markham’s Masterpiece | The Public Domain Review.

An Urban View of South Gare.


South Gare, Teesside, by Paul Mitchell – winner of the urban view category.
The winners of this year’s Take a View landscape photographer of the year awards have been announced.
The Awards were founded in 2006, the awards celebrate the British landscape.
The winner of the urban view category was Paul Mitchell.
Source: Take a View landscape photographer of the year 2015 – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

Stunning 1960s Images from Vogue.

Eugene Vernier (1)Eugene ‘Gene’ Vernier (1920–2011) worked as a fashion photographer for British Vogue from 1954 to 1967, during one of the most exciting periods in fashion history.
Eugene Vernier (11)
Shooting of-the-moment looks from the likes of Christian Dior and Emilio Pucci and top models including Celia Hammond, Jean Shrimpton, and current Vogue creative director Grace Coddington,
Eugene Vernier (17)
Vernier worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. Yet he was relatively unconcerned with celebrity.
Interested only in bringing out the very best in each frame, Vernier was a true craftsman in the fashion photography trade.
See more Images via vintage everyday: Beautiful Black-and-White Fashion Photography by Eugene Vernier from between the 1950s and 1960s

Sunset paints the Sheffield Sky.

A colourful sunset follows a drab day on the rural outskirts of Sheffield.
Image Credit: Photograph by Carey Davies
The window of my room here looks south-west, over the rooftops of a Sheffield suburb draped over the foothills of the Pennines, and through it I watch the endless traffic of the sky all day; the fleets of clouds steaming past on their journey from coast to coast, the planes etching contrails that wobble tipsily in the winds.
Recently, the sky has seemed muted, in the way it often does when the light is at its leanest and the weather settles for grey neutrality.
But a marvel of midwinter is how even the most austere, threadbare days can give rise to the most lavish of sunsets.
At this time of year, the sun sets directly before the window, often inducing me to leave my desk and walk a few streets to where, in that typically Sheffield way, the city abruptly terminates, and clean-scrubbed streets of bungalows give way instantly to expanses of high-raised farmland.
Read on via Surprise sunset paints the Sheffield sky | Environment | The Guardian