It has been said that the Queen would be from a beautiful and important country just like France and that on that throne, Henry II of Valois will be waiting for her, that charming young man with a blue velvet jerkin, who looked at her with eyes proud of a glorious past and full of a bright future, from the miniature that gallant ambassadors have delivered to his uncle, Pope Clemente VII de’ Medici. But their meeting before the wedding, in Marseille, October 22, 1533, was disappointing. The bridegroom, still seduced by the smooth beauty of its mature and experienced mistress, Diane de Poitiers, at the sight of this pale 14 year old girl of small royalty, bundled up in a dress too important to her, even if approved by Isabella Gonzaga, a fashion guru of the time, was so disappointed that he almost threatened to wreck the marriage.
Monna Tessa, who was she? Changing the famous phrase of The Betrothed, she wasn’t a philosopher, but, according to tradition, the inspirer of the foundation of a fundamental Florentine institution; nevertheless, as much as Carneade in the Manzoni Novel, an almost forgotten figure today. She was the Portinari educator and governess, family factotum and trustworthy women; she brought up and trained Beatrice, “forbidden” and idealized love of Dante, but what makes us her precious it’s above all that she persuaded Beatrice’s father, Folco Portinari, to finance the foundation of the hospital known today as Santa Maria Nuova.
On February 22 the Oscar marathon ended, an event that kept most fans glued to the TV all night, waiting for the winners to be announced. This is an increasingly social event that has touched important issues this year, such as feminism, illness, immigration and the situation of the black American people. “I recently read an article that said that winning an Oscar extends your lifespan with five years. Well, if that were true, I would like to thank the Academy because my husband is now younger than me.“ And with these filled with emotion words, the splendid Julianne More, proclaimed best actress for the movie Still Alice, started her acceptance speech. Assuming the role of the affected by Alzheimer’s Linguistics Professor she has finally received her first Oscar win: an announced milestone that could no longer be postponed, crowning a blazing career.
Five years ago few in Italy could have dreamed of a life without carbs - pizza, pasta and all things bread - based are a staple of the Italian diet. Over the past few years, though, celiac disease has become much more well-known and more Italians are learning to accommodate the disease. While celiac disease has not become more common in recent years, it has become more well-known and thus more widely diagnosed. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that is commonly described as an allergy to gluten. Gluten is a pro- tein found in wheat, rye and barley, the grains that are primarily used in breads and pastas, especially wheat. When a person with celiac disease eats gluten, their body responds with an immuneresponse, attacking the small intestine.
Manly Manners: Lifestyle & Modern Etiquette for the Young Man of the 21st Century is a very interesting and enjoyable book, written by Wayne James, former US senator who has always had a passion for literature, so much that he decided to write a book for the young gentlemen of our times, offering them advice. “As a child I used to read many publications on etiquette, that were in the house of my family in the Virgin Islands, where I was born, and over the years I realized that in reality these texts were dedicating very little space for us men, so I decided to write a book that should become an ideal travel companion for every man, being able to offer my experience, the fruit of my many travels and what I have learned firsthand, thus suggesting how to behave better in any circumstance without incurring any embarrassment”.
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