Sepia Saturday give bloggers an opportunity to share their family history and memories through photographs.
This week's prompt features a somewhat theatrical figure - Boadicea or Britannia? Though my first reaction was - is it a character from a Wagnerian opera? It inspired me to take the theme Warrior Women.
Here is probably a little known fact - the words of "Rule BRITANNIA" were written by Borderer James Thomson(1700-1748), who was born in the village of Ednam, near Kelso, Roxburghshire. He attended Jedburgh Grammar School and studied divinity at Edinburgh University, before making his home in London.
Britannia was an ancient term for Roman Britain and came to be personified as a goddess, armed with a trident and shield and wearing a helmet. It later became as an emblem of British imperial power and unity, featured on banknotes and coins.
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.
When Britain first, at heaven's command,
Arose from out the azure main,
This was the charter of the land,
And Guardian Angels sang this strain:
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves
The gilded bronze statue in Paris was commissioned by the French government following the defeat of the country in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.
And finally, I have included this 1960's photograph for two reasons. It is from a student production of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera, "Iolanthe, where the Fairy Queen (front right) has taken on the persona of a Wagnerian woman warrior. Also I cannot helping thinking that the very short brown tunic of Strephon in the centre is very reminiscent of the tunic worn in this week's photo prompt. As a matter of interest I am the "fairy" in the emerald green outfit on the right, behind the Fairy Queen's staff.
with this week's prompt.