Monday, January 28, 2013

Today is the birth anniversary of Mozart and Lewis Carroll

Today is the birth anniversaries of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91) and Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll, 1832-98). Who are your favorite composer and/or author?

Mozart was employed as a court musician by Prince-Archbisoph Hieronymus Colloredo, the ruler of Salzburg.

Colloredo, Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg from being elected in 1771 (an unpopular choice) until 1803 when the Archbishopric of Salzburg was secularized, studied philosophy at the University of Vienna.

The University of Vienna is the oldest university in the German-speaking world and the largest university in Austria. One of the most well-known alumni and former-instructor is Sigmund Freud.

Freud was closely linked with Princess Marie Bonaparte, who paid his ransom to Nazi Germany.

Marie Bonaparte was the great-grandniece of Napolean I, Emperor of France from 1804-1815.

After the Napoleonic wars, Bonaparte was exiled to the Island of Saint Helena.

Saint Helena was governed by the British Government during the time of Napoleon's exile, from 1815-1821, before going back to the previous ownership of the East India Company.

The East India Company was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I in 1600.

One of Queen Elizabeth's first moves was creating the English Protestant church of which she was Supreme Governor. The Elizabethan Religious Settlement later evolved into the Church of England.

The Church of England is Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion, which is the third largest Christian communion in the world after Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox.

One of the most famous deacons of the Anglican Church is Charles Dodgson, whose pen name was Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

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