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StanB has posted 123 annotations/comments since 17 January 2016.


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About Sunday 12 July 1663

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Sovereign of the Seas She was later renamed Sovereign, and then Royal Sovereign was ordered in August 1634 on the order of Charles I and from May 1635 she was built by Peter Pett (later a Commissioner of the Navy), and was launched at Woolwich Dockyard on 13 October 1637, she was along with the Revenge built in 1577 the predecessors of Nelson's Victory they were inspiration providing the innovation of a single deck devoted entirely to broadside guns.Sovereign became leaky and defective with age during the reign of William III, she had a rather ignominious end on 27 January 1697, by being burnt to the water line as a result of having been set on fire either by accident, negligence or design.

About Friday 12 June 1663

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When they use to ride abroad, they have visors made of velvet... wherewith they cover all their faces, having holes made in them against their eyes, whereout they look so that if a man that knew not their guise before, should chance to meet one of them he would think he met a monster or a devil: for face he can see none, but two broad holes against her eyes, with glasses in them.

— Phillip Stubbes, Anatomy of Abuses (1583)

About Wednesday 1 July 1663

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A little more on 'The Cock Tavern' and the Notorious 'Oxford Kate' it also refers to the infamous incident concerning 'Sir Charles Sydly' ,also a rather ghastly attack occured on or about the 21st December 1670 On 'Sir John Coventry' after a night supping at 'The Cock Tavern' and on his way home he was attacked, So vicious was the attack it brought about an act of Parliment "The Coventry Act" was passed, declaring assaults accompanied by personal mutilation a felony without benefit of clergy, an Act not repealed until 1828.…

About Tuesday 26 May 1663

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One of the annotators from 06 asks
Why are we reading a censored version?
Ima Fake on 27 May 2006 • Link • Flag

This has been constantly explained from pretty much day 1 so i shan't expand on it save to say that today's entry is pretty much word for word that the L&M version have it as, regarding today's entry though i gotta say 'Sam's About To Explode'

About Sunday 24 May 1663

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Given 17th century attitudes towards women in general when the 'Lords Day' comes around there must have been a lot of lewd ogling going on . As regards Sam and today's entry People in Glasshouses and all that, you just can't keep that green eyed monster at bay

About Monday 28 January 1660/61

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On the 26th January Cromwell and Ireton were removed and taken to the Red Lion Inn at Holborn, where they were joined a few days later by Bradshaw's coffin (the delay was caused by the fact that Bradshaw's body had not been embalmed like the others and smelt badly)

About Sunday 8 March 1662/63

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Before the era of rapid international transport or essentially instantaneous communication (such as telegraph in the mid-19th century and then radio), diplomatic mission chiefs were granted full (plenipotentiary) powers to represent their government in negotiations with their host nation. Conventionally, any representations made or agreements reached with a plenipotentiary would be recognized and complied with by their government.

About Monday 2 March 1662/63

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The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) documents this sense of the word since 1600. In Old English, a hulc was (a very un-hulking) “light and fast sailing vessel,” while in Middle English, a hulke was “a large ship of burden,” such as a merchant ship (OED). In the 17th century, hulk specified a “dismantled ship,” “unfit for sea service” but used for storage, quarantine, housing crews
the use of ships as prisons wasn't properly established in Britain untill the 18th Century. Sarah,your quite right that the term "Hulke" was used for them. The first British use of a prison ship was the privately owned Tayloe, engaged by the Home Office in 1775.While Tayloe was still in use, the British Government was simultaneously developing a longer-term plan for the use of transportees. In April and May 1776, legislation was passed to formally convert sentences of transportation to the Americas, to hard labour on the Thames for between three and ten years. Naval vessels were also routinely used as prison ships. A typical British hulk, the former man-of-war HMS Bellerophon, was decommissioned after the Battle of Waterloo and became a prison ship in October 1815

About Friday 27 February 1662/63

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Your very welcome Jonathan V i myself am guilty of lurking somewhat but i think its important we get the Class of 2016 up and running look forward to more interaction with you guys and lets breath more life into this most excellent site

About Tuesday 24 February 1662/63

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Indeed it can't have been a pleasent journey by water there still being a frost, We are all aware I'm sure of the Frost Fairs that we're held quite regularly on the Thames in 17th Century England in fact it's often referred to as the "Little ice age" Even at its peak, in the mid-17th century, the Thames freezing at London was less frequent than modern legend sometimes suggests, Of course it never exceeding about one year in ten except for four winters between 1649 and 1666 so Sams in the grip of that right now and as pointed out by a couple of the annotators above this could have something to do with the condition ailing Sam at the moment

About Monday 23 February 1662/63

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Well from a very paraniod start to the day skulking around various streets and back alleys I'm glad his day improved and Sam got news of his liberty not being in danger, and could enjoy a pleasent evening at the theatre Happy Birthday Sam

About Sunday 22 February 1662/63

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A rather short, sombre entry today Sam still reeling from yesterdays rather Dickensian episode never mind Sam it's your birthday tomorrow

About Friday 20 February 1662/63

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The United Kingdom has had 83 royal yachts since the restoration previous to this the Vikings produced royal vessels. They followed the pattern of longships although highly decorated and fitted with purple sails In England, Henry V sold off the royal yachts to clear the Crown's debts. The next royal vessels in England were built in the Tudor period with Henry VIII using a vessel in 1520 that was depicted as having cloth of gold sails. Moving forward James I had the Disdain, a ship in miniature (she was later recorded as being able to carry about 30 tons), built for his son Prince Henry. The Disdain was significant in that she allowed for pleasure cruising and as a result can be seen as an early move away from royal ships as warships. Charles II himself had 25 royal yachts. The first ships to unquestionably qualify as royal yachts The first was gift to Charles from the Dutch but later yachts were commissioned and built in England. This established a tradition of royal yachts in Britain that was later copied by other royal families of Europe Since the decommissioning of Britannia in 1997 the English Royal Family no longer has a royal yacht however MV Hebridean Princess has been chartered by the Windsors on a couple of occasions

About Thursday 19 February 1662/63

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As mentioned by San Diego Sarah Moseley Old Hall Staffordshire i myself live in Staffs and have visited the Hall on a couple of occasions its a fascinating place and well worth a visit it boasts the legend, An atmospheric Elizabethan farmhouse that saved a King…

About Monday 16 February 1662/63

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Possibly one of the games played
Ombre (pronounced "omber", rarely "umber") is the English version of the French game l'Hombre, itself equivalent to the Spanish game once known as Hombre. Hombre is the Spanish for "man" and denotes the highest bidder or lone player. Towards the end of the seventeenth century l'Hombre/Ombre became the greatest card game of the western world. It remained so until well into the nineteenth, when in England it found itself whittled away by Whist and ultimately buried by Bridge. It survived longer in Germany, as Lomber, and to this day is still played in Denmark as l'Hombre. The greatness of the game lies first and foremost in its introduction of the then novel concept of bidding to name a trump suit, in contrast to the age-old custom of turning the last card for trump and having to abide by it.

Ombre was once thought to have entered England with the return of king and cavaliers from foreign parts in 1660. So thought the antiquary Daines Barrington1 on the grounds that it was probably introduced by Catherine of Bragança, whom Charles II married in 1662, "as [court poet Edmund] Waller hath a poem On a card torn at Ombre by the Queen". But a political tract of 1660 metaphorically entitled The Royal Game of Ombre 2 presupposes that it must have been well enough known by then for its allusions to be recognised. And in 1662 an account of "The Noble Spanish Games of l'Ombre" appears in the second edition of John Cotgrave's Wits Interprter, later plagiarised in Cotton's Compleat Gamester of 1674.

About Friday 16 January 1662/63

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Chris Squire UK
Yourself along with Phil and the rest of this magnificent team who set all this up i salute you all

About Sunday 1 February 1662/63

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“God will never damn a man for allowing himself a little pleasure,”
Yeah but Charles you took your dalliances to a whole new level