Tag Archives: Britain

The ‘Wicked Bible’ of Robert Barker

Adultery has been the seventh sin in the Ten Commandments for two thousand years- except for 1631.  In that year the King James Bible was published in London which stated, “thou shalt commit adultery.” Needless to say King Charles I … Continue reading

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My Father’s Child

My mother said that I cried uncontrollably the day she told me I was adopted.  “You mean that someone didn’t want me?” I asked through sobs. “No, it means that we wanted you,” she answered.  I was three.    I … Continue reading

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The Jester: A Historical Political Commentator and Cupid

The Jester was the entertainer of the monarchy: the one who could say what others feared saying. A foil for the aristocracy, he would carry a false scepter in his hands called a bauble that was covered in bells or … Continue reading

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World War One Ration Book

Another ‘basement find.’  This was used by my grandfather’s family while they were in England in the First World War. My great grandfather, Lieut Col. T.C.D. Bedell was in command of the 156th Battalion. Rationed food in this booklet: meat, … Continue reading

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Exploring a 1670 Medallion

This medallion was a gift from my grandfather.   It was minted in 1670 by  John Roettiers,  during the reign of Charles II and his wife Catherine of Britain. A medallion to celebrate colonization, the motto written on one side of … Continue reading

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