This post will be necessarily brief (and sorry it's late. Computer is being a dink again). You see, I had planned to take the day off from writing, but I was listening to epic music on my way into work today, specifically Two Steps From Hell, specifically this song:
And images and ideas exploded in my head, and I have to get them down before I forget them. Bye then!
A pale brownish-yellow colour; from Isabelle, a princess of this name.
- Charles Annandale's Dictionary of the English Language, 1897
The archduke Albertus, who had married the infanta Isabella, daughter Philip II, King of Spain, . . . determined to lay siege to Ostend [Belgium], then in the possession of the heretics. His pious princess, who attended him in that expedition, made a vow that till it was taken she would never change her clothes.
- Joseph Taylor's Antiquitates Curiosae, 1819
Contrary to expectation, it was three years before the place was reduced, in which time the linen of her highness had acquired a hue which . . . was much admired and adopted by the court fashionables under the name of "Isabella color." It is a whitish yellow, or soiled buff - better imagined than described.
- Frank Stauffer's THe Queer, the Quaint, the Quizzical, 1882.