Friday, February 7, 2014

All the Frills: Intro Edition

Welcome to a new, and I hope regular, feature on Sartorial Sidelines – All the Frills Fridays!

I’m endeavoring to use my Friday posts as a place to feature a different accessory, knick knack, what have you, alongside a little link roundup to get the weekend started. For the inaugural edition, I give you….drum roll…this Lancastrian rose locket that is one of my most prized possessions. I picked up this necklace on my first trip to the UK, when, in a fit of post-high school, pre-university independence, I backpacked across Europe solo and ended my trip with a month in England.

The red rose of Lancaster and the white rose of York were later combined to make the Tudor rose, which was selected by the Lancastrian Henry Tudor as the badge of his house after his defeat of the Yorkist Richard III in 1485. This defeat, at the Battle of Bosworth, ended the so-called War of the Roses (sort of – I’m of the opinion that the War of the Roses actually carried on for several more years as various Yorkist claimants threatened Henry’s hold on the crown). Henry Tudor, now Henry VII and first of the Tudor dynasty, married Richard’s niece Elizabeth of York, thus uniting the two rival houses and combined the two rose emblems into one.

As a historian of the Tudor and Stuart periods I treasure this locket, in which I have pasted images of Anne Boleyn and Katherine Parr (my two favorite wives of Henry VIII).

And because I’ve devoted this inaugural post to English history, I’m going to mostly keep that theme rolling in the links round up:


Pornography, Georgian style. Plenty of ye olde sauciness.


I’m soooo excited to see The Monuments Men. Here's a bit on the often overlooked Monuments Women.
Lady Edith is getting some ‘20s style!

Any cinema costume fans out there? This fascinating Tumblr is for you!

Hot on the discovery of Richard III under that car park, they may have located Alfred the Great’s remains.

Aside from environmental degradation, there are a few other sinister things that come along with oil field expansion.

The owner of one of my favourite Edmonton hangouts, The Empress, has opened a new venture. The best part is that it’s 7 blocks away from my front door. Hello new home-away-from-home!

12 comments:

Nnenna said...

This locket is so pretty! I recently read The White Queen by Philippa Gregory and the that was the first time I heard about the red Lancaster rose and the white York rose!

Closet Fashionista said...

Wow that necklace is beautiful! I love pieces with a story and this has two! The actual historical part, and then how/why you bought it! :D
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LyddieGal said...

fun new feature!
I love your necklace, it's so nice to have something really meaningful from a place you've traveled.

and hearing about the conditions of the hotel rooms in Sochi is just frightening!

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Tallia said...

Nice touch of history!

❤Tallia
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Laura Go said...

I LOVE this new feature!!! The links you've shared are so awesome (and now I just made a note to make sure to highlight your links with a different color!) I LOVE the porno tiles especially the picture of the curator "examining erotic tile." PSHAW. She's looking at porn.

And that necklace is just stunning.

FASHION TALES said...

What a lovely feature. Great links as well, especially the Tumblr page.
Oh, and a friend of mine told me about the inferior hotel situation in Sochi, Ugghh! "_

JennaStevie said...

This necklace is so perfect for you, love this feature!!
xJennaD

Jessica said...

I love your necklace. It is so unique. Your new feature is great and look forward to seeing more posts in this series.

Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Cee said...

What a beautiful locket - and I love the story behind it, it's obviously such a meaningful piece for you and that makes it even more lovely.
xox,
Cee

Marlen said...

What a fun post, it's going to be fun to see all your special knick knacks! And THAT is a locket- it looks so regal. Also, have you seen the Monuments Men over the weekend?! I'm dying to see it, it looks so so interesting!

xo marlen
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Oh to Be a Muse said...

I really like that it's also a locket. Very pretty and diggin' the new feature.

Shulamit E said...

love the locket and i, too am a fan of the Tudor dynasty :)