We’ve finally got in some more of our popular Afternoon Tea ranges (more exciting news on that soon) and we’re sure you’ll love to take a look at all the beautiful new ranges that have been arriving.
It’s anniversary time again, and first up are the Suffragettes who were campaigning for the right to vote for women exactly 100 years ago. In fact exactly 100 years ago, they burnt down the cricket pavilion used by Kent County Cricket Club, which then had a policy of no-admittance to women. The Suffragettes were rightly enraged when overhearing one of the senior members declare: "It is not true that women are banned – who do you think makes the teas?"
Two months later Emily Davison was trampled to death by the King’s horse at the Derby; by November 1918 women had the vote for the first time. (NB We don’t advocate burning things down to get your way every time.)
Today also markes the 324th anniversary of the coronation of Mary II. Mary suffers in famous-monarch rankings from sharing the throne (not literally) with Dutch hubby William III, but she’s an interesting person in her own right. She really didn’t want to marry William and cried through the whole cermony, but in time grew devoted to him. She faced an awful dilemma when she and her husband were invited to overthrow her father James II; ultimately, of course, she did, putting country before family, but James never forgave her disloyalty.
They were crowned together on this day 1689: William was grumpy and declared the whole ceremony Popish while Mary thought all the pomp a bit silly.
Lastly, today is the 1,868th birthday of Septimus Serverus, who was not a teacher at Hogwarts but rather the Emperor of Rome. He was a formidable military leader and decided to successfully extend the Roman empire north into Scotland in 208.
He brought with him his wife Julia Domna who didn’t think much of the Scottish ladies. Apparently the wife of one of the Scottish chiefs retorted: "We fulfill the demands of nature in a much better way than do you Roman women; for we consort openly with the best men, whereas you let yourselves be debauched in secret by the vilest."
Severus made it all the way to the very far north of Scotland, the first and last Roman commander to do so, promptly caught a chill, and died. This is not typical of all visits to Scotland.
We’re so excited and pleased that here’s a 10% Off Voucher that you can use on the basket page – just type in EBV158 and it should all work nicely.
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