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Alfred Tennyson

Alfred Tennyson was a famous English poet. He died on October 6, 1892. He wrote tales of King Arthur and his Knights.

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Antoine Van Dyck (Sir Anthony)

Antoine Van Dyck (Sir Anthony) died on September 9, 1641.

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Aphrodite

Aphrodite was the Greek's goddess of love and beauty. This is an example of Opal's humor in naming her pets. Aphrodite is a very funny name for a mother pig.

 

Charlemagne

Charlemagne is the name of the tallest tree near the Lane. Charlemagne built a kingdom that included almost all of western and central Europe. He died on January 28, 1814.

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Charles de Valois

Charles de Valois was a French aristocrat. He was born on March 12, 1270

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Chatterton, Thomas

Thomas Chatterton was a British poet of the 18th century, known for being the youngest person in England to write and publish mature poems. Although Chatterton died when he was only 18 years old, his worked was praised by such poets as Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats. His work influenced the Romantic movement in both Britain and France that came after his death. Today he is most famous for a deception he created by writing poems in the 15th century style and attributing them to a fictitious monk named Thomas Rowley.

Opal named her favorite wood rat Thomas Chatterton Jupiter Zeus.

About: Opal's pet wood rat 

Felix Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn is the name of Opal's pet. The real Felix Mendelssohn was a famous composer who wrote the "Wedding March" still in use today.

Felix Mendelssohn was born on February 3, 1809.

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Galileo

Galieo was an Italian scientist who was noted for his astronomy and mathematics.

He was born on February 15, 1564.

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Gentile Bellini

Gentile Bellini was an artist from Venice. He died on February 23, 1507.

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George Frederick Handel

George Frederick Handel was an English music composer. He wrote the famous "Messiah". He died on February 23, 1685.

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Georges Cuvier

His full name was Baron Georges Leopold Chretien Frederic Dagobert Cuvier. Georges Cuvier was a French naturalist and founder of the study of fossils. He died on May 15, 1832.

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Good King Edward I

Good King Edward I is the name of a tree growing near the lane. Good King Edward I died on July 7, 1307.

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Gregoire VII

Gregoire VII was a Pope of the Catholic Church. He died on May 25, 1085.

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Henry I

Henry I was a king of England. He died on December 1, 1135

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Henry VII

Henry VII (of England), often called Henry Tudor (1457-1509), king of England. He was born on January 28, 1457.

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Horace

Horace was a Roman poet and comedy writer. He lived from 65 B.C. to 8 B.C. Horace, or Horatio, was also a popular boy's name in the early 1900's. Opal named her pet toad Lucian Horace Ovid Virgil.

 

Horatius

Brave Horatius is the name of Opal's German Shepherd dog. Horatius is celebrated in Thomas Macaulay's poem "Horatius at the Bridge" in his Lays of Ancient Rome (1842).

 

Innocent III

Innocent III was a Pope of the Catholic Church. He died on July 16, 1216.

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Jean Francois Millet

Millet was a famous French painter. He was born on October 4, 1814.

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Jeanne d' Albret, mere de Henri IV

Jeanne d' Albret, mere de Henri IV was born in 1585. She was queen of France and wife (mere) of King Henri IV. She was a very powerful political leader in her own right.

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John Keats

Keats is the name of a tree growing near the Lane. Opal names the tree for the English poet, John Keats.

Opal says that it is John Keat's "goings away day. Keats died on February 23, 1821.

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John Milton

John Milton was an English poet and preacher. He was born on September 9, 1608

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John of Gaunt

John of Gault is the name of a tree. He was the son of King Edward III and Queen Phillipa. John of Gault died on February 3, 1399.

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Jupiter

Jupiter is one of the Roman gods classical mythology.

Opal named her favorite wood rat Thomas Chatterton Jupiter Zeus

About: Opal's pet wood rat 

King Edward III & Queen Philippa of Hainault

King Edward III & Queen Philippa of Hainault are two tall trees near Opal's house. They were married on January 24, 1328.

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Lars Porsena of Clusium

Lars Porsena of Clusium was an leader in ancient Rome in about 550 B.C.. He was made famous in Thomas Macaulay's poem "Horatius at the Bridge".

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian artist, sculptor, architect, engineer, and scientist. He is considered one of the most brilliant men in history. He died on May 2, 1519.

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Linnaeus

Linnaeus was a Swedish scientist. He developed the modern method of classifying plants and animals. He was born on May 23, 1707.

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Louis Phillippe, roi de France

Louis Phillippe, roi de France was king of France. He was born on October 6, 1773.

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Louis XIV

Louis XIV was king of France. He was called "the Sun King" and was its longest ruling monarch. He became king after his father died on May 14. 1643.

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Lucian

Lucian was the name of a Greek writer of philosophy and political comedy. He lived from A.D. 240 - 312. Lucian is still used as a name for boys in Greece and other countries. Opal named her pet toad Lucian Horace Ovid Virgil.

 

Michael Angelo

Michael Angelo was a famous Italian artist and sculptor. He died on February 15, 1564.

Opal named a favorite tree Michael Angelo Sanzio Raphael.

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Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell was an English political leader. The was the first commoner to rule England. He was born on April 25, 1519.

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Ovid

Ovid was one of ancient Rome's most popular poets. Ovid the character Cupid famous as a symbol of love. He died in 177 A.D. Opal named her pet toad Lucian Horace Ovid Virgil.

 

Padre Martini

Padre Martini was an Italian composer and musician. He was born on April 24, 1706.

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Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth of England died on March 24, 1603.

Elizabeth was the longest-reigning English monarch in nearly two centuries and the first woman to successfully occupy the English throne. Elizabeth enjoyed enormous popularity during her life and became an even greater legend after her death.

Her reign was noted for the English Renaissance, an outpouring of poetry and drama led by William Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, and Christopher Marlowe that remains unsurpassed in English literary history

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Queen Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII

Queen Elizabeth of York, was the queen of England. She was the wife of king Henry VII. She was born on February 11, 1465.

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Reine Marie Amelie

Reine Marie Amelie was queen of France. She died in March, 1866 in exile.

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Robert de Bruce

Robert de Bruce was one of the greatest kings of Scotland. He died on June 7, 1329.

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Rubens, Peter Paul

Opal named her pet pig Peter Paul Rubens. He was an artist from Belgium in Europe in the 1500ís. He painted many pictures of European royalty and scenes from the Bible. Peter Paul Rubens was also a well-respected diplomat. He was able to gain the trust of many of the top leaders of countries and the church.

Opal says that she named the baby pig Peter Paul Rubens because she first saw him on June 29th. The birthday of the real life Peter Paul Rubens was on June 29, 1577.

Peter Paul Rubens was a very popular portrait painter. He was born in 1577 and died in 1640. Rubens often painted his subjects as very big and strong people. This was the style of his time. People who were wealthy were often large and even "fat" by our standards today. People who were thin were considered poor and sickly.

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About: Opal's pet pig 

Saint Francois of Assisi

Francis of Assisi, Saint (1182-1226), Italian mystic and Catholic preacher, who founded the Franciscans.

In 1980, Pope John Paul II proclaimed him the patron saint of ecologists. His Catholic feast day is October 4 to celebrate his life.

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Saint Gregoire (Gregory I)

Gregory I, Saint (540?-604), pope (590-604). He became known as Gregory the Great.

Saint Gregoire died on March 12, 604

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Saint Louis

Saint Louis is the name of a tree growing near the Lane. He was crowned king of France on November 8, 1226.

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Saint Louis (King Louis IX)

Saint Louis is the name of a tree growing near the Lane. He died on August 25, 1270.

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Sanzio Raphael

Sanzio Raphael was a famous Italian painter. He was born on April 6, 1483.

Opal named a favorite tree Michael Angelo Sanzio Raphael.

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Savonarola, Girolamo

Savonarola was a popular preacher and reformer in Italy. He died on May 23, 1498 by burning at the stake. He is considered a martyr, one who prefers to die rather than go against his strongly held beliefs.

Opal collected 45 little ferns to plant for his birthday. She also named her sorrel horse Savonarola.

Scene 8: Opal celebrates Girolamo Savonarola's birthday

More about: Opal's horse 

Shakespeare, William

Opal named their old work horse William Shakespeare after the great English writer of the 1500's. Shakespeare wrote popular plays like Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet.

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Sir Joshua Reynolds

Sir Joshua Reynolds was an English painter. He died on February 23, 1792.

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Sir Philip Sidney

Sir Philip Sidney was an English poet and soldier in Elizabethan times. He died from a battle wound in October 1585.

Opal also names one of Minerva's chicks Sir Philip Sydney.

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Torquato Tasso

Torquato Tasso was a famous Italian poet of the Renaissance. He died in Rome, on April 25, 1595,

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Virgil

Virgil was a famous Roman poet. He wrote The Aneid, about the early years of Rome, Italy. Opal named her pet toad Lucian Horace Ovid Virgil.

 

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth was a famous English poet. He was born on April 7, 1770.

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Zeus

Zeus is one of the Greek gods classical mythology.

Opal named her favorite wood rat Thomas Chatterton Jupiter Zeus

About: Opal's pet wood rat 

Aristotle

Aristotle was a Greek philosopher who lived around 350 BC. He was one of the greatest of Greek philosophers - along with Plato and Socrates.

Opal used this name for a pet bat.

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Aphrodite

Aphrodite was the Greek's goddess of love and beauty.

Opal used Aphrodite as the name of her pet pig Solomon Grundy.

Scene 9: with Aphrodite the pig 

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