Today’s Phrase for Latin Lovers

Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta


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Ancient History


Independence Day Launch

Welcome to the Prudence Paine Papers. We’ve set our beginning to coincide with the anniversary of our nation’s start.

One Tattered Old Glory (ca. 1980) in the National Archives

Our quest is similar to the original Declaration of Independence and the Constitutional Convention (though as humble peasants, we certainly don’t expect as earth-shattering results nor do we proclaim to possess the brainpower of the founders).

We merely place our tiny feet in their footprints and try to regain their ground, so foolishly ceded in the intervening generations. We seek to begin again, to return to our roots, to wash away all the mud and slime and corrosion that has caked the brilliantly shining star atop our standard.

We take inspiration and encouragement from our fellow men already knee-deep in the battle trenches. We add our voice to theirs, hoping to rally them with our cheers and cries. Along the way, we will attempt to awaken the still sleeping, to give courage to the timid, to knock some sense into the mistaken, and to run the corrupt out of town on a rail.

Happy Fourth of July, America.

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