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“But indeed I would rather have nothing but tea.” — Jane Austen In these last warm days, it’s the perfect time to plan a Regency garden tea party—replete with English bone china, lots of flowers, and recipes that might have been served in Jane Austen’s time. During the Regency era, tea offered an opportunity for relaxing…

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“Nature forms us in a certain manner, both inwardly and outwardly, and it is in vain to attempt to alter it.” —Lady Hester Stanhope Famed adventurist and antiquarian, Lady Hester left a life of aristocratic luxury to explore the far corners of the world. Her excavation of Ashkelon in 1815—the first archaeological excavation in Palestine—…

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“The moment you give up your principles, and your values, you are dead, your culture is dead, your civilization is dead. Period.” —Oriana Fallaci A little timely advice from 1960s icon Oriana Fallaci—Bel Istoria’s Woman of the Month. Known for her provocative coverage of war and revolution from the 60s through the 80s, Fallaci captured interviews…

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In the midst of the EU’s travel ban, I’ve been dreaming about past European adventures. One of the places I miss the most is the Italian Lakes Region of Northern Italy. It’s easy to see why Hemingway fell in love with the place and wrote about it so beautifully in his 1929 Farewell to Arms,…

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A lifelong advocate and visionary for women’s rights, Alice Paul authored the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in 1923, though it was not to be enacted as law until 1972. Imbued with the radicalism of the English suffrage movement following her studies at the London School of Economics, Paul joined the National American Women’s Suffrage Association…