“- Still more Venuses this year... always Venuses!" - The French master of academic art William-Adolphe Bouguereau

"Accursed! Accursed! You shall be accursed to the thirteenth generation of your lines!" - The Iron King Philip the Fair of France

"If I had seven lords, I could not make ONE Holbein“ - Hans Holbein the Younger

“I see a lily on thy brow" - the English Victorian academic painter Sir Frank Dicksee

"Weel done, Cutty-sark!" - Tea Clipper Cutty Sark and the Swan Song of the Age of Sail

Nominoë, Tad ar Vro, "father of the country", the Bretons, the Franks and the Battle of Ballon in 845

"Now obey my order and lay me alongside the French admiral.” - The Battle of Quiberon Bay in 1759

Antediluvial Britons, national pride and the Piltdown Man hoax

“Pour accomplir de grandes choses il ne suffit pas d'agir il faut rêver" - The Suez Canal