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Happy Anniversary

Today, as everyone knows, is the 375th anniversary of the Peace of Westphalia. 375 is not a much-celebrated anniversary for most events, but when they get that old, you take what you can get. Harvard had its 375th in 2011, and Montreal had its in 2017. I don’t think there’s a good Latin name for …

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Rembrandt’s Elephant

I was excited to find an article yesterday about an elephant named Hansken that Rembrandt painted. I had previously read that there was an elephant at the Congress of Westphalia, possibly brought for or with Madame de Longueville when she came to Münster in 1646. She was beautiful, wealthy, and far more important socially than …

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