Weekly Roundup: Ancient Rome, the Lord Sandwich, Historical Superstition & more

These are the random articles we read & loved this week.

This week’s roundup brings you the similarities between Richard III and his father, “soft-crushed ice” for summertime sipping, some ~superstitious~ content for Friday the 13th & more!

  • If you’re into Medieval History, you’ll enjoy this fascinating article on the similarities between Richard Plantagenet and his son, King Richard III (from HistoryExtra): Like father, like son: Richard Plantagenet and Richard III

    “Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, father of the Yorkist kings Edward IV and Richard III, is frequently mistaken for his youngest son and namesake, who went on to become King Richard III. Contemporary sources remark that the two Richards bore a strong physical resemblance to each other but, as writer Matthew Lewis argues, the similarities do not end there…”

  • Learn how to make “soft-crushed ice” for your summertime cocktails! I’ve never heard of it before, but it definitely sounds like it’s worth a try (from Food52): The Secret to Making Soft Crushed Ice for Your Juleps

    “It floats merrily along the top of a limeade like a sky full of cumulus on a sunny day. Riddled with holes, the pellets give immediately when you chew them—it’s extremely satisfying ice.”

  • In the spirit of Graduation Season, here’s an interesting article entitled Why Do Graduates Wear Caps and Gowns? from History Buff.

    “To find the origin of the cap and gown, you must look back to when universities first began to form. In the 13th and 14th centuries, universities could be found in most European countries. The students of these universities, however, were not like the average college-goer of today.”

  • Always wanted to read comic books, but don’t know where to start? BuzzFeed Books has you covered: 9 Tips To Get You Into Comic Books
  • If you say you don’t relate to these, you’re lying. 18 Confessions Only True Book Lovers Will Understand from BuzzFeed Books

    “I think my dating standards are so high because of the characters in books.”

  • I loved these facts about Rome. They’re interesting, informative, and I haven’t heard most of them before: 7 surprising Ancient Rome facts from HistoryExtra

    “Our fascination with Ancient Rome has inspired a glut of books, documentaries, movies and even games. But, writer Jem Duducu points out, our focus tends primarily to centre on just one period – the era from Julius Caesar to (roughly) Constantine the Great. Here, Jem brings you seven lesser-known facts about the fascinating years before Nero or Hadrian, and about the era of Roman decline…”

  • A History.com article in which I learned there was once a ship called the Lord Sandwich: Captain Cook’s Famous Flagship Likely in Newport Harbor (it’s actually a really fascinating article on a colonial-era mystery).

    “After transporting Captain James Cook and crew on their historic voyage in 1768-70, during which they mapped the southwest Pacific Ocean and took possession of Australia in the name of the Crown, HMS Endeavour was renamed the Lord Sandwich and used to transport British troops during the Revolutionary War. For years, the ship’s ultimate fate and its whereabouts have remained a mystery.”

  • Does Friday the 13th have you feeling superstitious? Check out this list of 10 weird historical superstitions we carry on today from HistoryExtra

    “We may think that as a society we have outgrown beliefs in evil spirits and lucky amulets, but in fact most of us are still practising some of the superstitions of our medieval ancestors, without even knowing it.”

  • In awesome animal news, the Bison is now an official American symbol. Read this History.com article for the details & to learn some of the history of the Bison: Bison Selected as the Official Mammal of the United States

    “Now, thanks to a new law naming them the country’s national mammal, the iconic prairie dwellers join the bald eagle as one of only two animals officially recognized by the United States government.”

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