After a number of near misses, London Library was finally hit by German bombs on the 23rd of February, 1944.
The library, founded in 1841, is on St James’s Square.
I saw this book in Barcelona just over a month ago, and decided there was no way I was lugging something this big and heavy all the way home! I was glad to find it on The Book Depository, both in paperback and hardcover. Of course, if you buy from there you get the book with free shipping (I shudder to think how much it would be to Australia otherwise!).
This is one of those books that will appeal to history nerds, historical fiction and romance readers, etc.
Nine nights this visit; my longest trip to this wonderful city was a month.
It is a hot afternoon, and many people have escaped inside for siesta.
This is the entrance to Seville’s enormous Cathedral, taken on the way home from lunch. One of the many reasons it is known is because it is the resting place of the (now controversial) Christopher Columbus. He set out for America from the river here.
The building is currently undergoing a massive two-year restoration.
To Barcelona tomorrow. It is going to feel very different this visit.
The New York Times reports on Serbian massacres of Albanian citizens in the First Balkan War. 31st December, 1912.
After being shot in the back and arm at a railway station on the 2nd of July, US President James A. Garfield died of infections in his wounds on the 19th of September, 1881.
On the 20th of April, 1939, Germans both in Germany and around the world held celebrations for Adolf Hitler’s fiftieth birthday.
Below is a German club in Adelaide, Australia decorated for the event:
And Hitler in Berlin being congratulated by his government:
I admit it: I was missing Tumblr, even with all its glitches and all those moany twelve-year-olds dictating to everyone about complex world issues!
I deleted my original (and starting to get popular) history blog a few months ago, and I’ve been regretting it a little bit. The reason I deleted it was because it stared to get very political, to the point I was posting more about Vladimir Putin than I was about Victorian England!
This time round I’m promising to steer clear of current world issues. It will truly stay a history blog, a little escape from the uglier parts of life in the present.
So, if you want to follow (and even though there’s not much going on yet), I will be posting there every day from now on: