Gleanings from the Past #74

A Broken Leg and Some Books (1874) H. G. Wells My leg was broken for me when I was between seven and eight. Probably I am alive to-day and writing this autobiography instead of being a worn-out, dismissed and already dead shop assistant, because my leg was broken. The agent of good fortune was “young […]

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12 Fun Facts About “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

1. The Origin of the Song The origin of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is ambiguous. Evidence suggests that it originated from France and three French versions are known. The earliest English version appeared in a 1780 book titled Mirth Without Mischief under the heading “The Twelve Days of Christmas sung at King Pepin’s Ball”. […]

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The Nativity of Christ: When Was Jesus Born?

Presepe by Francesco Londonio, circa 1750 This is a guest post by Souptik Banerjee. The Gospel of Mathew states that the Magi (a group of wise men) spotted a new star that cropped up in the sky and used it to trace the location of the newborn Jesus in Bethlehem. They showered baby Jesus with […]

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A Double-Faced Creed

The following is a double-faced creed first published in The Weekly Pacquet of Advice from Rome in 1679. This was called the “Jesuits’ Creed” in England. Why is it called a double-faced creed? This creed would suit either the Catholics or the Protestants depending on how the lines are read. For Catholics, read downward in […]

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