Episode 53: Gloves Revisited

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

‘See how she leans her cheek upon her hand. O, that I were a glove upon that hand that I might touch that cheek’ (William Shakespeare, 1564-1616)

 

Welcome to Histories of the Unexpected, where you will discover the history of things that you did not know had a history; like the history of pens, or the history of dreams.

For this episode, let us join the greatest glover of the historical world Professor James Daybell, and the Machiavellian mitten-wearing Dr Sam Willis, as they knit their way through gloves revisited!

Sam and James throw down the gauntlet as they entertain you with stories of death in the ice and lost tokens of love, of sunken ships and the lives of their crews, and of the kings of England and their bejewelled gloves. Keep your ears open, as James introduces his favourite museum in the world, and Sam corrects the record regarding the infamous Franklin Expedition.

James and Sam will don their silk gloves, as they reveal that this unexpected history is actually all about: empire and exploration, symbolism and majesty, protection and preservation.

 

‘You cannot make a revolution with silk gloves’ (Joseph Stalin, 1878-1953)

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