1989 July Footnotes

[1] The Harveian Oration is a yearly lecture held at the Royal College of Physicians of London. 1897 – William Roberts, On Science and Modern Civilisation.

[2] Braga’s Serenade – “La serenata” (Serenade) – sometimes called “Angel’s Serenade” or “Leggenda Valacca” (Wallachian Legend), is a dialogue between a worried mother and a girl who hears an angel’s voice calling her. In the end the girl follows the voice (“O mamma buona notte, io seguo il suon, io seguo il suon!”).

[3] Possibly Christchurch Cemetery where their father, Philip Boyd was buried. He died of pulmonary tuberculosis (pthsis) aged 42 in 1888.

[4] Pride and Prejudice is an 1813 romantic novel of manners written by Jane Austen.

[5] Daniel Deronda is a novel by George Eliot, first published in 1876. It was the last novel she completed and the only one set in the contemporary Victorian society of her day.

[6] “The Lord of the Isles : and, the vision of Don Roderick” by Walter Scott – published 1811.

[7] The Battle of Talavera (27–28 July 1809) was fought just outside the town of Talavera de la Reina, Spain. An Anglo-Spanish army under Sir Arthur Wellesley combined with a Spanish army under General Cuesta in operations fought against French-occupied Madrid.

[8] Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg (1815 – 1898), known as Otto von Bismarck was a conservative German statesman who masterminded the unification of Germany in 1871 and served as its first chancellor until 1890, in which capacity he dominated European affairs for two decades.

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