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Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility tells the story of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, and their search for happiness. In Edward Ferrars, Elinor finds her soul mate, and Marianne comes finally home to Colonel Brandon’s love.
There is, however, another sister.
Margaret Dashwood is left to care for her spendthrift mother. Will she find her match too?
Next week, Margaret’s story appears on this page on Saturday. Join us for Dearest, loveliest Meg.
History has renewed its first original scripted series Vikings for a third season. The period drama has received an order for a further 10 episodes.
“Vikings has taken viewers by storm and has established itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television. With its large, passionate and loyal fan base, Vikings has cemented History firmly in the scripted series genre, just as we are the leaders in reality television,” said Dirk Hoogstra, EVP and General Manager of History & H2.
Vikings follows Ragnar, a restless young warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the sea and claim the spoils as his own. The drama series stars Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment), Travis Fimmel (The Beast), Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee), Gustaf Skarsgard (The Way Back), Clive Standen (Camelot) and Katheryn Winnick (Stand Up Guys).
The renewal, which comes a mere four episodes into the show’s second season, comes after Vikings has been averaging 3.4 million total viewers, 1.7 million Adults 25-54 and 1.5 million Adults 18-49. The strong ratings have made the drama the number one show on basic cable in the Thursday 10pm time-slot. Production on the show’s third season is slated to commence this summer for a 2015 premiere.
The aristocracy are people considered to be in the highest social class in a society which once had a political system of Aristocracy. Aristocrats possess hereditary titles granted by a monarch, which once granted them feudal or legal privileges, or deriving, as in Ancient Greece and India, from a military caste. They are usually below only the monarch of a country in the social hierarchy. The term “aristocracy” is derived from the Greek language aristokratia, meaning ‘the rule of the best’.
A battlement or battlemented wall;
a wall of defense
Beau Monde (The ton)
The terms Beau Monde (French for “beautiful world”) and polite society have been interchangeable with le bon ton during different periods (see ton)
Bolt-hole or Bolthole
A place of escape for refuge. A chased rabbit may bolt into a hole for refuge. In period drama, it usually means an escape route from within a castle. A hidden tunnel behind a large picture or hung tapestry, perhaps. An escape route not easily discovered by the invading warriors.
Clerestory / Lantern
Clerestory (pronounced /kleer-stawr-ee,/; lit. clear storey, also clearstory, clearstorey, or overstorey) is an architectural term. A portion of an interior rising above adjacent rooftops and having windows admitting daylight to the interior. Usually only afforded by the highest of nobility ranks.
An immoral woman, prostitute, mistress, whore
a ruffle or flounce, as on a woman’s skirt or petticoat,
or used as trim for hats
A knight is a member of the warrior class of the Middle Ages in Europe who followed a code
of law called “chivalry”. In other Indo-European languages, cognates of cavalier or rider are more prevalent (e.g., French chevalier and German Ritter), suggesting a connection to the knight’s mode of transport. Since antiquity a position of honour and prestige has been held by mounted warriors such as the Greek hippeus and the Roman eques, and knighthood in the Middle Ages was inextricably linked with horsemanship.
Some orders of knighthood, such as the Knights Templar, have themselves become the object of legend; others have disappeared into obscurity. Today, a number of orders of knighthood continue to exist in several countries, such as the English Order of the Garter, the Swedish Royal Order of the Seraphim, and the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. Each of these orders has its own criteria for eligibility, but knighthood is generally granted by a head of state to selected persons to recognize some meritorious achievement.
A mounting block, horse block, or in Scots a loupin’-on-stane is an assistance for mounting and dismounting a horse or cart, especially for the young, elderly or infirm. They were especially useful for women riding sidesaddle, allowing a horse to be mounted without a loss of modesty.
Nobility Obliges – such as a Duke working along side his farm tenants to extinguish a fire of a tenant home
These are the very basic ranks.
So much has changed over the centuries. Furthermore, the eldest son of a Duke is a Marquess – the eldest son of a Marquess is an Earl – the eldest son of an Earl is a Viscount. However, the eldest sons of a Viscount and a Baron are called “The Honourable (name)
Perlieu is a term used of the outlying parts of a place or district. A piece of land on the edge of a forest, originally land that, after having been included in a royal forest, was restored to private ownership, though still subject, in some respects, to the operation of the forest laws. Frequently, the lands managed by nobility had forested regions on their bounderies being called the perlieu.
The piano nobile (Italian, “noble floor” or “noble level”) is the principal floor of a large house, usually built in one of the styles of classical renaissance architecture. This floor contains the principle reception and bedrooms of the house.
A monocle is a type of corrective lens used to correct or enhance the vision in only one eye. It consists of a circular lens, generally with a wire ring around the circumference that can be attached to a string. The other end of the string is then connected to the wearer’s clothing to avoid losing the monocle. The antiquarian Philipp von Stosch wore a monocle in Rome in the 1720s, in order to closely examine engravings and antique engraved gems, but the monocle did not become an article of gentlemen’s apparel until the nineteenth century. It was introduced by the dandy’s quizzing glass of the 1790s, as a sense of high fashion.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, a woman’s small bag or purse, usually in the form of a pouch with a drawstring and made of net, beading, brocade, silk, etc. [ret-i-kyool]
A male admirer or lover
1350-1400’s – To copulate
Sorry, I don’t have the image you might have been hoping for. LOL
British Informal (origin: 1850-1855)
A stylishly dressed, fashionable person, especially one who is or wants to be considered a member of the upper class.
The ton (pronounced tone) is a term commonly used to refer to Britain’s high society during the Georgian era, especially the Regency and reign of George IV. It comes from the French word meaning taste or everything that is fashionable. The full phrase is le bon ton, meaning good manners or in the fashionable mode; characteristics held as ideal by the British ton.
a long shallow basket made of curved strips of wood and used for carrying flowers, fruit, etc
Vail / Vails
1. to take off or doff (one’s hat), as in respect or submission
2. a tip or gratuity (such as to a butler of a house where you were a guest)
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When Mongols abduct Ja-in on her wedding day, her brother Nam-Yi, still reeling from the tragedy that claimed their father’s life, sets out to find her. Alive with new purpose, the skilled archer takes aim at the invading army in spectacular battle.
- Hae-il Park, Seung-yong Ryoo, Mu-Yeol Kim, Moon Chae-Won, Han-wi Lee, Gu-taek Kim, Kyeong-yeong Lee, Gi-woong Park, Rye Hei Otani