Joseph Townsend, A Journey Through Spain in the Years 1786 and 1787 (1791):
It is curious to observe this mark of contempt for the Moors, in clothing their vilest criminals, and even their hangman, in green, the sacred colour of Mahometans, more especially in Africa.
I wonder if Townsend is correct in his supposition. Francisco de Holanda (De la pintura antigua, 1548) and Diego López (Declaración magistral sobre las emblemas de Andrés Alciato, 1615) both clothe the virtue Hope in green, and López explains why:
I wonder then whether dressing prisoners in green was not an ironic take on Zechariah 9:12:
- Green / degreening
Fernando Navarro suggests that both I and Joseph Townsend are wrong. The Spanish word for executioner, verdugo, he says, was applied originally to a rod cut green, verde, and used to administer beatings. If Townsend was wrong, then his confusion or that of his informer might have arisen if (a) executioners were clothed in, or associated with, …
- Significance of Spanish playing cards explained
From William Pulleyn’s The Etymological Compendium, Or, Portfolio of Origins and Inventions (1830), via Google Book Search:
It is generally believed, that Cards were invented for the amusement of one of the early kings of the line of Bourbon; but this belief is erroneous. Who the man was that invented these instruments of amusement and folly
- Cosas de septiembre
- La canción que más cantaba yendo este verano en bici desde Londres a Toulouse fue la Vecchia pianola de Katyna Ranieri. Un amigo italiano me dice que sueno como un gay español, que naturalmente es buena noticia.
- Paré en Toulouse porque hacía un calor treméndo, pero antes también asusté a bastantes veraneantes intentando a recuperar mi falsetto,
- Daisy Bell aka the little dicky bird
A curious marriage of songs.