Dressing Our Lady

JULY / AUG: BY ELIZA GABE Most of us know and love the scene in Downton Abbey when Sybil shocks her family by shamelessly donning new pantaloons in an era when women wore only skirts. Sybil was ahead of her time since in the next decade her peers wore not just pants but short skirts …

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The King’s Speech

July / Aug 2011: BY RUTH ANDERSON Considering my life-long love affair with early 20th century history, I knew appallingly little about the life of George VI, the centerpiece of the recent film The King’s Speech. My awareness of him was limited to history books or the occasional appearance in a war-era drama, and none …

Ask Jeeves

JULY / AUG 2011: BY CARISSA HORTON Have you ever noticed in life how some men are brilliant and others are just….not? The literary world is populated with such intense minds as Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes, and even a more elegant class of man such as Rochester or Knightley. These men encourage fluttering feminine hearts …