Tag Archives: 17th Century

1793: With Jocund Music Charm his Ear

Henry Fuseli: The Shepherd’s Dream, from “Paradise Lost” (1793) The “shepherd’s dream” in Paradise Lost (1667) is an extended simile that Milton uses at the end of Book I after Satan and his fallen angels have lost in their first … Continue reading

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1650: Very Tempting

Joos van Craesbeeck: The Temptation of St Anthony (c. 1650)

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1650: Horse

Illustration from Il cavallo da maneggio [The Arena Horse] by Giovanni Battista di Galiberto (1650), showing the anatomy of the horse and sites of common ailments and wounds. The full title of the work is Il cavallo da maneggio. : Libro. Dove … Continue reading

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17th Century: Akitsu

17th century dragonfly-shaped samurai helmet (source) “In Japan, the dragonfly symbolizes focused endeavor and vigilance because of its manner of moving up, down, and sideways while continuing to face forward. Ancient texts refer to Japan as Akitsushima (Island of the … Continue reading

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1643: O England Looke Upon this Monstrous Thing

Illustration from a royalist pamphlet, The Kingdomes Monster Uncloaked from Heaven: The Popish Conspirators, Maglignant Plotters, and cruel Irish, in one Body to destroy Kingdome, Religion and Lawes: But under colour to defend them, especially the Irish, who having destroyed … Continue reading

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1642: An Undignified Pursuit

In 1642, the Italian diplomat Cardinal Jules Mazarin succeded Cardinal Richelieu as the Chief Minister to the King of France. Following the Thirty Years’ War, he played a major role in developing the notion of Westphalian sovereignty, the principle of … Continue reading

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1655: One Hundred Inventions

In 1655, Edward Somerset, 2nd Marquess of Worcester composed his Century of Inventions — a listing of 100 things that needed to be invented. The full title is A Century of the Names and Scantlings of such Inventions As at … Continue reading

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