Doodles, scribbles, and mini works of fine art got many of us through our teen years at school- I personally preferred drawing spiderwebs in the corners of every page- and it seems 18th century teens were not much different!
Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) discovered a young man’s doodles in his own mathematics workbook, and it gives us a fascinating insight into the mind of this erudite and creative teen. As well as laying out his mathematical formulae with precision and clarity, Richard Beale showed us his family dog, street scenes, elegant ships, and… A chicken in trousers.
Let MERL take you on a journey through time into the mind of Richard Beale- honest farm-boy, good mathematician, and excellent doodler.
Richard Beale is just one of many doodlers throughout history, but it’s through these drawings that people from the past are brought to life and made flesh and blood.— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL) 6 October 2018
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And now, Victor Hugo’s classic novel, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, known in French simply as Notre-Dame de Paris is at the top of Amazon’s bestseller list after a flurry of sales after the devastating fire. On Thursday morning there were four separate editions in Amazon’s top ten list, putting the novel at number 1, 3, 4, and 10 on the top ten list.
In 1943 the war continued to rage on, one of the bloodiest battles of the entire war was fought as the Battle of Leningrad raged through January, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising takes place, and many of the great atrocities of the Holocaust took place.
Among all that, books were still published and read and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1943, and some that didn’t make the list
Just press play and drag your screen around to look around the entire bookshop, and make sure you have the volume up, as Neil is telling us all about the features inside. Listen out for the Pratchett tribute too!