The Wunderkammer of the Mild Colonial Boy, Esq., a Reactionary Tory Gentleman, who armed only with a Steampowered Babbage Engine and Pure Intentions, wanders the Time Streams and Aetheric Plane gathering an Eccentric Hodgepodge of Curiousities, Frivolities, Whimsicalities and Nonsense.
Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
Mamluks were originally slave-soldiers raised by rulers in the medieval Islamic world. They were obtained from non-Muslim societies (in many cases from the Caucus region), which meant that they had no political or social connection to a ruler’s rivals. The Mamluks became an elite military class and eventually gained significant political power, even going so far as to become the rulers of Egypt by the end of the Middle Ages. After Napoleon invaded Egypt in 1798, he recruited a force of Mamluk cavalry for his armies, where they served with distinction.