In case you may not have thought of it, the bicentennial of the battle of Waterloo is approaching. Reading articles such as this overview as well as the official website of the commemoration remind me of this past July; in a different way, so does this piece on how the British government will address the event.
So does this essay concerning next’s centennial of the opening of World War One.
It was time….time to give the middle finger to the Oath of Horatii and the self aggrandizing neo-classical martyrdom and sail the Raft of Medusa into Modernism…..
And of course there is this my favorite costume reenactment of Waterloo:
Wow. All this production is missing is the 18-inch Stonehenge replica coming down to the stage on a wire.
And at least they weren’t scheduled as an opening for the puppet show!
🙂 Great movie, Spinal Tap! They were actually billed BELOW the puppet show…
It is not a very exciting battlefield. Kept pretty much as it was — farmland with the British mound and lion. The museum at Wellington’s Headquarters was pretty interesting and nicely done.
I haven’t been able to find anything on whether the French are planning any official commemoration of Waterloo–after all, they did participate in marking the 200th anniversary of Trafalgar, if I remember correctly. That was a much more humiliating defeat for them than Waterloo.