Light Reading: Afternoon Tea Week

Hooray Henry! Its Afternoon Tea Week. A decidedly English habit with its own ritual, Afternoon Tea truly puts the gentility into polite society. At any rate, tea, along with luxury commodities like sugar and porcelain was formerly the preserve of the well-heeled and for the curious modern reader, promises a chequered history of questionable morals. … Continue reading Light Reading: Afternoon Tea Week

Worlds Within Worlds Part 2: Dutch Preoccupations in the 17th Century

We've been introduced to Amsterdam in the 17th century. Let's continue our journey by taking on the Dutch view of the world. The Dutch were keen on categorization: An assured, enterprising curiosity led to great advances in lens-cutting, medicine, navigation and cartography... Domenico Remps, Cabinet of Curiosities, 1690s The entire universe could be boiled down to a single … Continue reading Worlds Within Worlds Part 2: Dutch Preoccupations in the 17th Century