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'Even to Live is an Act of Courage'

27 November 2015

The factory at Bandar Abbas, run by the East India Company to carry out trade in Persia and the Gulf region, was an unpleasant place to be at the best of times, described to be '…but an inch-deal from hell'....

A tale of two Françoises: Madame de Maintenon (1635-1719)

27 November 2015

When little Françoise d’Aubigné came into the world on 27 November 1635, her future seemed unlikely to be dazzling. True, her paternal grandfather was the distinguished Huguenot poet and patriot Agrippa d’Aubigné, but his son Constant had proved a sore...

EAP755: Annmarie Heinrich Photograph Collection

26 November 2015

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on the EAP755 project, a fantastic collection of photographs by the German-born, naturalised Argentine photographer Annmarie Heinrich (1912-2005). Annmarie was well known for her portrait work, capturing glamorous shots of film and...

When Good Literary Taste Was Part of a Bureaucrat’s Job Description

26 November 2015

Ānand Rām Mukhliṣ (1697?-1751) was a high-ranking courtier in Mughal Delhi in the first half of the eighteenth century. He came from a Punjabi Hindu family and followed his father into government service as had so many in the Khattri...

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