About Hannover – first part

My friend, Rudolf, was glad to answer my call. It was the only one, and he make an article about Hannover. The text is a mammoth, so i will split it into 3 parts. So, here is the first one!

I am not sure if many people know that the names of Hanover Square and Hanover Street, for a time globally famous in the latter part of the 20th century with the assistance of equally famous Han Solo, were also earlier regionally famous with the help of the 1st Earl of Scarbrough, lord Richard Lumley, a gentleman originally from northern England, once, early in his career, Master of the Horse for lady Catherine de Braganza, herself a gentlewoman of potuguese origin for a while Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland, who taught the British how to enjoy their cup of tea. Lord Lumley was one of the group known as the Immortal Seven Englishmen who invited in 1689 in writing William Henry, Prince of Orange, born in The Netherlands, at the time lieutenant governor of the Dutch provinces of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland, and Overijssel, to overthrow King James II of England in a Glorious Revolution and become King William III of England.


I think they admired his obvious administrative bureaucratic skills, in which the Protestants had been known at the time to excel, sometimes even to the detriment of their scholarly more intellectual or more spiritual exploits, (with some obvious notable exceptions). But he was also the son-in-law of James II, so it wasn’t such a big deal, anyway not more than a habitual family squabble over who would be ruler of the Free World, and in fact they even paved the way for the USA to become ruler of this Free World, since they encouraged the colonists to revolt against some tea import taxes established by James II, obviously not thinking that the colonists would actually wish to become totally independent. After William Henry, Prince of Orange, graciously accepted this offer he probably felt he could not refuse, Lord Lumley decided to dedicate some of his time to real estate development in London, and, being a strong supporter of the Hanoverian Succession, in which the son of Sophie of Palatinate, (herself daughter of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia), and of Ernest Augustus of Brunswick-Luneburg, (ruler of the Principality of Calenberg, Prince Elector of Hanover, ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales), would become George I, King of the United Kingdom and Ireland, he decided to develop a fashionable residential address in London, an address which has remained quite fashionable today, although it is dedicated more to office space, e.g. for the London office of Vogue, rather than to personal residences, and to name it Hanover Square.

Meanwhile, on the continent, the region of Hanover described a rather swampy territory later known as Lower Saxony, a territory generally known to have been earlier and traditionally inhabited by some people known as Saxons because they seem to have favored for hundreds of years a type of knife with a straight blade called seax, a rather crude and not very aesthetic tool, (the most talented and creative Saxon designers having most likely chosen to continually emigrate both westward and eastward to be nearer the more inspired celts of the UK and Ireland, or nearer the descendents of the dacians of Transylvania and Moldavia, where they most certainly would have found better opportunities for apprenticeship with traditional master toolmakers for learning to make more varied and better designed types of tools, as fit for an European medieval civilization, the seaxes being found useful over time only greatly modified and assembled in the guise of scissors, first in Finland and Estonia by master tailors, later in Italy by master hairdressers…

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