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  • Index Biography #14: prize = book December 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern , trackback


    LL writes in with the correct answer, scroll down…

    The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. We offered up previously here Sheridan le Fanu and Joseph Stalin (he of ripe banana fame) and these might stand as examples. The reader on the other hand must identify who is being described: think of it as a history version of balderdash. The prize  is a copy of the relevant and fun biography sent via Amazon for the first correct answer: the first claimed prize went to South Africa so we take our duties seriously; the second to last to Australia (and still hasn’t arrived) and the last to France. This is in the modern tag!

    Excellent French

    Mothertongue German

    Five attempts on life (this number is contested, some say seven)

    Free trader

    Hated London

    Occasional depression

    Often secluded in old age







    Queen Victoria