Posts Tagged ‘Good Queen Bess’
The Edgerton Digital Collections project celebrates the spirit of a great pioneer, Harold “Doc” Edgerton, inventor, entrepreneur, explorer and beloved MIT professor– a site for all who share Doc Edgerton’s philosophy of “Work hard. Tell everyone everything you know. Close a deal with a handshake. Have fun!”
The Edgerton Digital Collections are worth a visit for a variety of reasons; Doc Edgerton’s life was remarkable; his work, extraordinarily impactful– and his story, full of resonant lessons. But if for no other reason, readers should click through to see the collection of photographs taken with the strobe technology that Edgerton pioneered; e.g.,
As we marvel at motion stopped, we might curtsy in the general direction of London, as it was on this date in 1559 that, two months after the death of her half-sister, Queen Mary I of England, Elizabeth Tudor, the 25-year-old daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was crowned Queen Elizabeth I at Westminster Abbey in London. The Virgin Queen presided over the accession of England to primacy as a global power, ruling until her death in 1603. (As readers may recall, while this is the anniversary of Elizabeth’s coronation, she actually acceded to power two months earlier, on Mary’s death.)
As we rethink the spelling of our mantras, we might tip our tiaras to Queen Elizabeth I– aka The Virgin Queen, Gloriana, and Good Queen Bess– the fifth and final ruler in the Tudor dynasty, who on this date in 1558 succeeded her half-sister Mary to the English throne, and began the long reign we know as the Elizabethan Era.