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2 B's ... In London 
15th-Nov-2019 11:22 am
While I was in London I went to a couple of "B" locations.

The first is The Banquetting House, which was built in the eartly years of King Charles I reign, and the ceilings are all by Rubens in honour of King James I ... and the sovereign rule of kings.  It became, sadly, more famous later in King Charles reign as the place where a scaffold was built, and he was beheaded there.

Amazingly some years later most of London was destroyed by fire in 1666, but King Charles II managed to save the building by blowing up buildings around it ... and then during the Blitz of WWII it survived ....

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The other B, is The British Library ... you can register and request to see any books of the millions they have stored in the vaults.  However, there are some books, and documents that are on display ... including one of the copies of the 1215 Magna Carta, as well as the Papal Bull annulling it!

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Charlotte Bronte - and, yes, it is impossible to read it is so tiny
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Welsh Laws 1596
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Portolan Chart 1470 - an early Sat-Nav
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The Lindisfarne Gospels, made in 700AD
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The Gutenberg Bible, made in 1454 and the start of modern printing
15th-Nov-2019 11:57 am (UTC)
Last time my daughter and I went to London together we visited the Banqueting House. There were re-enactors acting as guides, in character, and my daughter spent a long time holding a conversation with one of them in character herself as Lady Charlotte Stanley! Not only was it very much 'her period' when she did her history degree, but she had 'been' Lady Charlotte at an event in Castle Rushen only months before so knew her well.

This seemed to amuse the 'courtier' and a couple of other visitors, too.
15th-Nov-2019 02:20 pm (UTC)
I’ve never visited the Banqueting house so thanks for the photos. I shall add it to the list of places to go!
16th-Nov-2019 09:42 pm (UTC)
Wow! Both places are fantastic.
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