domenica 16 maggio 2010
venerdì 14 maggio 2010
Mary Chulkhurst and Elisa Chulkhurst (1100–1134) (also known as the Biddenden Maids) are one of the earliest known set of conjoined twins. According to local tradition, the Biddenden twins were born in Biddenden, Kent, England in the year 1100. The twins were joined at the hip, although illustrations also depict them joined at the shoulder. They reportedly lived until 1134, when Mary died from illness. Eliza was asked if she wanted to be separated from her twin, and she answered, "As we came together we will also go together". She died about six hours later. The two left their estate of about 20 acres (8.1 ha) to the churchwardens of Biddenden. The rent from this property was to be used to provide a dole of bread and cheese (and later beer and tea) to the poor of the village on each Easter Monday. There are various documents referring to this tradition dating to the 1500s. The first mention of the twins in print was in the late 18th century, and there is considerable doubt about whether they existed or are simply a tradition that developed around the Chulkhurst Charity. Even if they existed, the period they lived may have been as late as the 16th century.
giovedì 13 maggio 2010
lunedì 10 maggio 2010
A game played at the end of the nineteenth century in England and France. The game consisted of a fixed questionnaire answered by the players to reveal their tastes, aspirations and personality. Marcel Proust is the most famous player of this game. In his teens, he answered a questionnaire in English in a 'confessions album' that belonged to one of his friends. Later, in his twenties, he produced a second version in a French album called Les Confidences de Salon or Drawing Room Confessions.