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Saturday, April 30, 2016


      Here are a few (many, in fact) of free downloads of books and PDFs that you can find online, about so many period images on life, costume and war of Portugal (and Spain) during and after the Napoleonic Wars. The dates are in bold.
·         Enjoy!

  • ·         James Murphy, "A General View of the State of Portugal" , 1797

  • ·         James Murphy, "Travels in Portugal", 1789-90
·         http://purl.pt/17093

  • ·         "Picturesque review of the costume of the Portuguese", 1836
·         http://purl.pt/13864

  • ·         Marianne Baillie , "Lisbon in the years 1821, 1822 and 1823", 1824, vol. I and II
·      http://purl.pt/23495

  • ·         Henry L'Evêque, "Portuguese Costumes", 1810

  • ·         Henry L'Evêque, "Campaigns of the British army in Portugal",1812
·         http://purl.pt/13957

  • ·         "As Invasões Francesas", Cirilo Volkmar Machado,1807-9
·         http://purl.pt/13956/3/

  • ·         A. P. D. G., "Sketches of Portuguese Life, manners, costume, and character", 1826
·         http://purl.pt/14638

  • ·         William Morgan Kinsey, "Portugal illustrated : in a series of letters",1829
·         http://purl.pt/17212

  • ·         Thomas St. Clair (Major), "A series of views of the Principal Occurrences of the Campaigns in Spain and Portugal, taken during the Peninsular War", 1815
·         http://purl.pt/23633

  • William Comb, "A History of Madeira : with a series of twenty-seven coloured engravings, illustrative of the costumes, manners, and occupations of the inhabitants of the Island ", 1821


  • ·         Several authors, "Le Monde, Histoire de Tous Les Peuples Depuis Les Temps Les Plus Recules Jusqu'a Nos Jours", 1839, (collection about several countries; the link below is about the Iberian Peninsula and the Pays-Bas)


  • ·         William Bradford (Reverend)
·         In French:  "Esquisse du pays du caractere et du costume en Portugal et Espagne, prises pendant la campagne et durant la marche de l'armée Angloise en 1808 en 1809", 1812

·         In English: Sketches of the Country, character, and Costume, in Portugal and Spain, made during the campaign, and on the route of the British Army, in 1808 and 1809", 1812
·         http://purl.pt/23417
·         and


Monday, April 25, 2016

Keep calm, write a book

I know I haven't been around at all these last few months, but to put it short life has gotten  in the way, and not in a very positive fashion.

So, if you notice anything strange going on with any of my blogs, please let Blogger team know IMMEDIATLY

To resume my blogging, I would like to share with you my newest project: I'm wanting to write a book (have planted many trees; don't have children; no one's perfect). I have come to the conclusion that my knowledge on commoner's clothing in Portugal has come to the point where it good enough to share with the world in paper format. Hence, a book. And of course, the more certain one is and the more research one makes, the more doubts and questions arise.

Don't you worry, I'll still be with you guys; I have still so many more posts to publish here (so many good ideas, so much more to explore); I won't leave you when times' a peril.

But like in so many other aspects of my life, I tend to strive in hardship and I do my best fighting (back) when times get rough. You just wait and see!

So, you ask, when will this wonder of mine be published? 1 week before I die. And when will I die? I don't know. Which means, it's going to be a lifetime project. No hurries, just enjoyment (although I have recently been suggested that my work should become a master's degree).

But what you can be certain of is that more posts will soon follow.

Be nice, be kind, enjoy!