Category Archive: history

You must not read from the book!

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For the past couple of weeks I’ve been clad in a dressing gown, tripping off my nut on dihydrocodeine, and nursing a small patchwork quilt of stitches in my mouth (routine surgery, nothing that… Continue reading

The Plantagenets

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The price of living with more settled times with regards to the monarchy, is that Shakespeare would have very little history play material. Tales of Prince Phillip’s racism, Prince Andrew’s private flight expenses,… Continue reading

Big Bird in a small (monk)Fish Pond

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I’ve recently been reading and re-reading around one of my favourite themes, the dissolution of the monasteries. I actually really like monasteries, especially those that have gift shops where you can purchase things… Continue reading

Crossed Swords and Crossed Lovers – Balzac’s ‘The Chouans’

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If it wasn’t for some recent galavanting around Brittany, I can’t imagine a time that I’d have picked up The Chouans (1829) as the next ‘must read’ from my TBR. It’s not that I don’t rate… Continue reading

Well what’s one to do when Balzac takes a bath?

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The other night I’d been enjoying a long soak in the bath engrossed in my book, The Chouans , the first volume of novels comprising Balzac’s The Human Comedy. Thus far, I’ve enjoyed it far more than… Continue reading

‘Look, look, master, here comes two religious caterpillars.’

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The above is the best line, in my opinion, in Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta, and the first of two things I am shoehorning into this post simply because I like them and they… Continue reading

Comfort book-buying (because it’s less calories than comfort cake-eating)

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After some of the most exhausting and stressful days of my life this past month, up to and including 30 minutes of public speaking to a WI-type group about embalming (which is a… Continue reading

Raven Reviews

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As a serial poly-reader, I’ve reached a critical level of too-many-bits-of-paper-in-too-many-books, and so this week have been tackling some of the books in the daunting-yet-comforting stack by my bed. Some of these books… Continue reading

Whiskers on roses and mittens on kittens

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Oh lordy, what a week. It’s been hard to really get into a book for long with all the sad news coverage, political propaganda, and the tangerine twonk’s antics across the pond. However,… Continue reading

Happy 500th Anniversary, Marty!

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This year is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s outdoor wallpapering activities. We now know he probably glued his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, which makes far more sense than nailing,… Continue reading