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.
Medieval Judicial Duel (with a dog… called Dragon)
The picture represents the famous trial by combat between the dog “Dragon” and the Chevalier Richard Macaire, the murderer of its master, Aubri de Mondidier, which occurred in the year 1371. The assassination took place in the Forest of Bondy, and the dog not only showed the spot in the forest where the body of his master was buried, but singled out the murderer. The King granted a judicial combat between the dog and the suspected man, in which the dog came off completely victorious.
I have no idea if this is true (believe it or not, we historians don’t know everything!) but it’s still an interesting story :)
The good dog saw his mistress, he wanted to run to her…
Fulchran-Jean Harriet, frontispiece from Les femmes : leur condition et leur influence dans l’ordre social chez différents peuples anciens et modernes (Women: their condition and influence in the social order among various ancient and modern peoples) vol. 3, by Joseph-Alexandre de Ségur, Paris, 1803.