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Brewer's: Countess di Civillari

(The). A bog, sewer, cesspool, into which falls the filth of a city. Two wags promised Simon da Villa an introduction to the Countess di Civillari, and tossed him, in his scarlet gown,…

Brewer's: Lucia Di Lammermoor

Called Lucy Ashton by Sir Walter Scott, was the sister of Lord Henry Ashton of Lammermoor, who, to retrieve the fallen fortunes of the family, arranges a marriage between his sister and…

Brewer's: Lucrezia di Borgia

daughter of Pope Alexander VI., was thrice married, her last husband being Alfonso, Duke of Ferrara. Before her marriage with the duke she had a natural son named Gennaro, who was sent to…

Sanmicheli, Michele

(Encyclopedia) Sanmicheli, Michele mēkĕ´lā sänmēkĕ´lē [key], c.1484–1559, Italian architect and engineer. He was influenced by Bramante's works in Rome, and after 1527 worked…

Ghelderode, Michel de

(Encyclopedia) Ghelderode, Michel de mēshĕl´ də gĕldərōd´ [key], 1898–1962, Belgian dramatist. He wrote in French and is noted for his colorful and avant-garde plays. He lived in…

Spinello di Luca Spinelli

(Encyclopedia) Spinello di Luca Spinelli spēnĕl´lō dē lo͞o´kä spēnĕl´lē [key], c.1346–1410, Italian painter, usually called Spinello Aretino from his birthplace, Arezzo. He was a…

Brewer's: Margherit'a di Valois

married Henri the Béarnais, afterwards Henri IV. of France. During the wedding soleminites, Catherine de Medicis devised the massacre of the French Protestants, and Margherita was at a…

Brewer's: Pelorus Cape di Faro,

a promontory of Sicily. (Virgil AEneid, iii. 6, 7.) As when the force Of subterranean wind transports a hill Torn from Pelorus. Milton: Paradise Lost, bk. i. 232. Source: Dictionary of…

Brewer's: Michel

or Cousin Michael. A German. Michel means a dolt; thus the French call a fool who allows himself to be taken in by thimble-rigs and card tricks mikel. In Old French the word mice occurs,…

Bartolommeo di Pagholo del Fattorino, Fra

(Encyclopedia) Bartolommeo di Pagholo del Fattorino, Fra frä bärtōlōmĕ´ō dē pä´gōlō dĕl fät˝tōrē´nō [key], 1475–1517, Italian painter, also called Baccio della Porta. Under the…