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John Ball Is Hanged, Drawn and Quartered

Ball, an English priest and social reformer, gained fame as a roving preacher advocating ecclesiastical poverty and social equality, which brought him into conflict with the archbishop of Canterbury. He was jailed three times and excommunicated in 1376. Four years later, he became one of the instigators of the Peasant's Revolt of 1381—the first great popular rebellion in English history—and was later captured and hanged, drawn, and quartered. Ball is perhaps best known for what famous couplet?



Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a condition marked by an excessive preoccupation with an imaginary or minor defect in a facial feature or localized part of the body. Those who suffer from BDD experience psychological distress that impairs their social, occupational, or educational functioning. Though the earliest known case of BDD in medical literature dates to 1886, the disorder was only formally defined a century later. Onset of symptoms generally occurs during adolescence and includes what?

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Inigo Jones

Jones was one of England's first great architects. After studying in Italy, he brought Renaissance architecture to England. His best known buildings are the Queen's House at Greenwich, London, and the Banqueting House at Whitehall, which is often considered his greatest achievement. For his design of Covent Garden, London's first square, Jones is credited with the introduction of town planning in England. Jones was also involved in stage design for theater and is credited with what innovations?

Last updated on Thursday, 15th July 2010

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