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The Baroque and Rococo were times of revolutionary thinking. The areas most touched by this thinking were music and architecture. For the first time in history architecture was not influenced by the ancient Greeks or Romans. Music was also undergoing significant changes. This revolutionary thinking carried over into the area of science also.
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The Rococo, especially, was a time of grace and playfulness. The wealthy enjoyed time outdoors and leisure activities. Great emphasis was placed on the senses. Everything from architecture to clothing to new foods reflected this frolicking playfulness.
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The first English Dictionary was published during the Baroque and Rococo. This isn't surprising considering the revolutionary thinking of the time. Much of the advancements in science were due to a more consistent approach to things. A dictionary is really a way to organize words and their meanings so there is consistency in meaning.
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The Gardens at Versailles are an excellent example of the Baroque and Rococo times. A small cottage in a wooded area was converted into an elaborate palace estate. The design of the estate was for entertaining outdoors in the highly manicured, symmetrical gardens. It is clear that the royalty and wealthy of society were much more engaged with play than serious matters at this time in history.
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Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Patrick's real name was Maewyn Succat. As a teenager he was kidnapped by pirates and taken to Ireland to be sold as a slave. After six years Maewyn escaped to Gaul. There he entered the monastery and studied to be a priest. It was here that he changed his name to Patrick. He set out to convert the pagans of Ireland to Christianity. Patrick worked for thirty years spreading Christianity and its beliefs to Ireland's people. Every year St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17th, the anniversary of his death, in honor of him.