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  • Index Biography #42 May 31, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern , trackback



    The Index Biography is a quiz 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. The prize  is a copy of a bizarre second hand book sent via Amazon: the last three prizes went to the US, to Australia and to Scotland (note sometimes I am a bit slow to get them ordered…) So who is this? [Thanks to Stephen D for contributing the questions!]

    ***Just 1 hr and Tineke gets it, scroll down for the answer*** [PS an apology, for reasons I don’t understand this has not yet appeared on the website feed on my computer, it appears that it was only accessible to those who had an email link. Sorry!]


    Served in an artillery regiment, without distinction.

    Married, on her deathbed, the younger sister of his greatest love.

    Passionately fond of foxhunting.

    Knew something of several languages, including Russian and Gaelic.

    Foretold a great and devastating war.