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The Age of Chivalry

CHAPTER 1 – Introduction

KING ARTHUR AND HIS KNIGHTS

     On the decline of the Roman power, about five centuries after Christ, the countries of Northern Europe were left almost destitute of a national government. Numerous chiefs, more or less powerful, held local sway, as far as each could enforce his dominion, and occasionally those chiefs would unite for a common object; but, in ordinary times, they were much more likely to be found in hostility to one another. In such a state of things the rights of the humbler classes of society were at the mercy of every assailant; and it is plain that, without some check upon the lawless power of the chiefs, society must have relapsed into barbarism. Such checks were found, first, in the rivalry of the chiefs themselves, whose mutual jealousy made them restraints upon one another; secondly, in the influence of the Church, which, by every motive, pure or selfish, was pledged to interpose for the protection of the weak; and lastly, in the generosity and sense of right which, however crushed under the weight of passion and selfishness, dwell naturally in the heart of man. From this last source sprang Chivalry, which framed an ideal of the heroic character, combining invincible strength and valor, justice, modesty, loyalty to superiors, courtesy to equals, compassion to weakness, and devotedness to the Church; an ideal which, if never met with in real life, was acknowledged by all as the highest model for emulation. Continue reading The Age of Chivalry

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The History of Witchcraft in England – The Beginnings

The Beginnings of English Witchcraft

It has been said by a thoughtful writer that the subject of witchcraft has hardly received that place which it deserves in the history of opinions. There has been, of course, a reason for this neglect—the fact that the belief in witchcraft is no longer existent among intelligent people and that its history, in consequence, seems to possess rather an antiquarian than a living interest. No one can tell the story of the witch trials of sixteenth and seventeenth century England without digging up a buried past, and the process of exhumation is not always pleasant. Yet the study of English witchcraft is more than an unsightly exposure of a forgotten superstition. There were few aspects of sixteenth and seventeenth century life that were not affected by the ugly belief. It is quite impossible to grasp the social conditions, it is impossible to understand the opinions, fears, and hopes of the men and women who lived in Elizabethan and Stuart England, without some knowledge of the part played in that age by witchcraft. It was a matter that concerned all classes from the royal household to the ignorant denizens of country villages. Privy councillors anxious about their sovereign and thrifty peasants worrying over their crops, clergymen alert to detect the Devil in their own parishes, medical quacks eager to profit by the fear of evil women, justices of the peace zealous to beat down the works of Satan—all classes, indeed—believed more or less sincerely in the dangerous powers of human creatures who had surrendered themselves to the Evil One. Continue reading The History of Witchcraft in England — The Beginnings

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Uncle Sam Provides I-Bond Relief for U.S Savers; Why Are the Banks Not Joining in the Glory?

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Individuals may purchase $10,000 worth of iBonds per year online to be held in electronic format.  An additional $5,000 worth may be purchased in paper format using ones tax refund monies. Continue reading Uncle Sam Provides I-Bond Relief for U.S Savers; Why Are the Banks Not Joining in the Glory?

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Inflation Economics: Some Useful Historical Data For The American Consumer

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The data listed in the tables and charts below should be useful to anyone wishing to get a better grip on their finances in order to weather the inflationary storm over the next few years.  Yes, years, not days, not months.

Pay close attention to the transition years between the Carter Administration and the Reagan Administration(1976-1984).  Inflation decreased during the Reagan Administration. Thus, as the data indicates, changes in economic policy decisions take time to fully kick in. Continue reading Inflation Economics: Some Useful Historical Data For The American Consumer

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FTC Rules Guiding the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries

The Hope Diamond

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
16 CFR Part 23
Guides for the Jewelry, Precious
Metals, and Pewter Industries

The US Government has laws guiding the business practices of the Jewelry and Precious Metals Industries.  If you are unclear as a seller as to your obligations under the law as related to any of these products or are wondering as a buyer whether or not a seller is accurately describing an item for sale and following the law, then this document is well worth a read. Click to read a copy of 16 CFR Part 23 as updated in 2018.

Click on the blue link to download a copy of 16 CFR Part 23, Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries

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PART 23—GUIDES FOR THE
JEWELRY, PRECIOUS METALS, AND
PEWTER INDUSTRIES
Sec.
23.0 Scope and application.
23.1 Deception (general).
23.2 Misuse of the terms ‘‘handmade,’’
‘‘hand-polished,’’ etc.
23.3 Misrepresentation as to gold content.
23.4 Misuse of the word ‘‘vermeil.’’
23.5 Misrepresentation as to silver content.
23.6 Misuse of the words ‘‘platinum,’’
‘‘iridium,’’ ‘‘palladium,’’ ‘‘ruthenium,’’
‘‘rhodium,’’ and ‘‘osmium.’’
23.7 Disclosure of surface-layer application
of rhodium.
23.8 Misrepresentation as to products
containing more than one precious
metal.
23.9 Misrepresentation as to content of
pewter.
23.10 Additional guidance for the use of
quality marks.
23.11 Misuse of ‘‘corrosion proof,’’ ‘‘non-
corrosive,’’ ‘‘corrosion resistant,’’ ‘‘rust
proof,’’ ‘‘rust resistant,’’ etc.
23.12 Definition and misuse of the word
‘‘diamond.’’
23.13 Misuse of the words ‘‘flawless,’’
‘‘perfect,’’ etc.
23.14 Disclosure of treatments to diamonds.
23.15 Misuse of the term ‘‘blue white.’’
23.16 Misuse of the term ‘‘properly cut,’’
etc.
23.17 Misuse of the words ‘‘brilliant’’ and
‘‘full cut.’’
23.18 Misrepresentation of weight and
‘‘total weight.’’
23.19 Definitions of various pearls.
23.20 Misuse of the word ‘‘pearl.’’
23.21 Misuse of terms such as ‘‘cultured
pearl,’’ ‘‘seed pearl,’’ ‘‘Oriental pearl,’’
‘‘natura,’’ ‘‘kultured,’’ ‘‘real,’’ ‘‘gem,’’
‘‘synthetic,’’ and regional designations.
23.22 Misrepresentation as to cultured
pearls.
23.23 Disclosure of treatments to pearls and
cultured pearls.
23.24 Disclosure of treatments to
gemstones.

23.25 Misuse of the words ‘‘ruby,’’
‘‘sapphire,’’ ‘‘emerald,’’ ‘‘topaz,’’
‘‘stone,’’ ‘‘birthstone,’’ ‘‘gemstone,’’ etc.
23.26 Misrepresentation as to varietal name.
23.27 Misuse of the words ‘‘real,’’
‘‘genuine,’’ ‘‘natural,’’ ‘‘precious,’’ etc.
23.28 Misuse of the words ‘‘flawless,’’
‘‘perfect,’’ etc.
Appendix to Part 23—Exemptions
Recognized in the Assay for Quality of
Gold Alloy, Gold Filled, Gold Overlay,
Rolled Gold Plate, Silver, and Platinum
Industry Products
Authority: 15 U.S.C. 45, 46.

 

 

 

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The History of Gothic Art

Stefan Lochner – The Last Judgement – circa 1436

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History and Facts on American Newspaper Production from the Colonial Times Through the 1890s.

New York Times Press Run circa 1942 – Library of Congress Photograph

NEWSPAPER.-Printed sheets published at stated intervals, chiefly for the purpose of conveying intelligence on current events.

The Romans wrote out an account of the most memorable occurrences of the day, which were sent to public officials.  They were entitled Acta Durna, and read substantially like the local column of a country weekly paper of to-day.  Before the invention of printing letters were written regularly by persons in the chief capitals of Europe and dispatched to those who felt an interest in public affairs.  For this the correspondents were paid.  The earliest English journal in print was the Weekly Newes from Italy, Germanie, &c., in 1622, a prior newspaper preserved in the British Museum which contained an account of the Spanish Armada being regarded as a forgery.  The first attempt at reporting Parliament was made in 1641, and the first daily newspaper in England was the Daily Courant, in 1702.  The London Times was founded in 1788.  Continue reading History and Facts on American Newspaper Production from the Colonial Times Through the 1890s.

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Penal Methods of the Middle Ages

CHAPTER I

PENAL METHODS OF THE MIDDLE AGES

Prisons as places of detention are very ancient institutions. As soon as men had learned the way to build, in stone, as in Egypt, or with bricks, as in Mesopotamia, when kings had many-towered fortresses, and the great barons castles on the crags, there would be cells and dungeons in the citadels. But prisons as places for the reception of “ordinary” (as distinct from state or political) criminals for definite terms only evolved in England many centuries afterwards; whilst imprisonment as a punishment in itself, to be endured under rules made expressly punitive and distressful, may be described as essentially modern, and reached its worst phase in the nineteenth century. Continue reading Penal Methods of the Middle Ages

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Son House – Death Letter Blues

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Two Great Ideas for Product Photography

 

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Country House Essays Book Now in Print

Country House Essays, the book is now in print. This is an eclectic collection of both original, and historical essays, poems, books, and articles created for our loyal reader hear at CountryHouseEssays.com.   It is jam packed with reprints of articles from this website.  The cost is $49.95 for this massive 512 page book.  Enjoy!

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Clarivoyance by C.W. Leadbeater

Theosophical Society, Adyar, Madras, India, 1890

CLAIRVOYANCE

 by C. W. Leadbeater

Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Pub. House

[1899]

CHAPTER IX

 METHODS OF DEVELOPMENT

 

When a men becomes convinced of the reality of the valuable power of clairvoyance, his first question usually is, “How can I develop in my own case this faculty which is said to be latent in everyone?”

Now the fact is that there are many methods by which it may be developed, but only one which be at all safely recommended for general use—that of which we shall speak last of all. Among the less advanced nations of the world the clairvoyant state has been produced in various objectionable ways; among some of the non-Aryan tribes of India, but the use of intoxicating drugs or the inhaling of stupefying fumes; among the dervishes, by whirling in a mad dance of religious fervour until vertigo and insensibility supervene; among the followers of the abominable practice of the Voodoo cult, by frightful sacrifices and loathsome rites of black magic. Methods such as these are happily not in vogue in our race, yet even among us large numbers of dabblers in this ancient art adopt some plan of self-hypnotization, such as gazing at a bright spot or the repetition of some formula until a condition of semi-stupefaction is produced; while yet another school among them would endeavour to arrive at similar results by the use of some of the Indian systems of regulation of the breath. Continue reading Clarivoyance by C.W. Leadbeater

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Westminster Confession of Faith – 1646

CHAPTER I.  Of the Holy Scripture.

  1. Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence, do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation; therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his Church; and afterwards for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which maketh the holy Scripture to be most necessary; those former ways of God’s revealing his will unto his people being now ceased.
  2. Under the name of holy Scripture, or the Word of God written, are now contained all the Books of the Old and New Testament, which are these:

Continue reading Westminster Confession of Faith — 1646

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The Geologists and The Mother-lode

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The Relation of Chemistry to the progress of Wine Making, Brewing, and Distilling

Harvey Wiley, Chief Chemist of the Department of Agriculture’s Division of Chemistry (third from the right) with his staff, not long after he joined the division in 1883. Wiley’s scientific expertise and political skills were a key to passage of the 1906 Food and Drugs Act and the creation of the FDA.

WINE MAKING.

Wine making rests also largely upon chemical principles. In grapes we find large quantities of sugar combined with organic acids, of which tartaric acid is the chief, coloring matters, tannic principles, etc. The production of wine of fine flavor consists in securing the fermentation of the sugars of this mixture with appropriate ferments and under carefully controlled conditions of temperature. Only through the most careful chemical control are the most favorable conditions maintained. Consciously or unconsciously, the wine maker is a practical chemist, and under the influence of modern research the scientific principles of wine making are very much more firmly established and more easily practiced than they were before the conditions under which wine is produced were thoroughly understood. Continue reading The Relation of Chemistry to the progress of Wine Making, Brewing, and Distilling

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A Note on Ill-Breeding from a Knight of Grace of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem

“Saint John’s Gate, Clerkenwell, the main gateway to the Priory of Saint John of Jerusalem,” black and white photograph by the British photographer Henry Dixon, 1880. The church was founded in the 12th century by Jordan de Briset, a Norman knight. Prior Docwra completed the gatehouse shown in this photograph in 1504. The gateway served as the main entry to the Priory, which was the center of the Order of St John of Jerusalem (the Knights Hospitallers). Courtesy of the British Library, London.

Rules for politeness should be unnecessary.  But although we have no belief in rules, there are certain hints which may be useful.  There is a natural rhythm in life which varies with temperament.  Quietness and gravity and steadiness of feature are signal marks of good breeding.  Approachableness and patience in giving up the whole of one’s attention to those who seek it at the moment, are needed.  Few things are so vulgar as to be everlastingly in a hurry.  Egotism is also a mark of ill-breeding; one should beware of unnecessary apologies, for apology is only egotism in another form.  Serious discussion with disinterested people on one’s personal domestic troubles, and particularly on one’s health, is decidedly bad form; so is carelessness in speech and conversation in any direction. Continue reading A Note on Ill-Breeding from a Knight of Grace of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem

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Growing Muscadine Grapes in Tennessee

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee has a long heralded tradition of assisting farmers and growers through it’s Agricultural Extension Service.  The following bulletin entitled Grape Growing in Tennessee discusses the Muscadine variety of grapes among others.  Muscadine grapes are often found growing wild in Tennessee.  On my grandfather’s West Tennessee farm, a stand of ancient tree-sized vines of Muscadine grapes provided several gallons of the fruit each year that were used in making homemade wine, jams, and jellies.  With the skin on the jams and jellies would be of a purple colour.  Removing the skins allowed for beautiful emerald green coloured jams and jellies.

Click here  to read about growing grapes in Tennessee

Click on the blue link below to download a .PDF file copy of Growing Grapes in Tennessee(UT Ag. Ext. Pub. 1475).  File size is 753.3kb:

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If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.

— Napoleon

Artistic Endeavour in the Absence of Country Gentlemen

The Garden at Somersby Rectory by W.E.F. Britten

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The History of Witchcraft in England – The Beginnings

The Beginnings of English Witchcraft

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Mark Zuckerberg: Tulip Pusher

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Penal Methods of the Middle Ages

CHAPTER I

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CHAPTER IX

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Westminster Confession of Faith – 1646

CHAPTER I. Of the Holy Scripture.

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Resolution adapted at the New Orleans Convention of the American Institute of Banking, October 9, 1919:

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