Category Archive: history

‘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

View over the top of Goethe’s book

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Our house is currently running on adrenaline, long teenage sighs, and occasional bouts of panic. My daughter is in the middle of her exams, the results of which will decide whether she can… Continue reading

She came from Russia, she had a thirst for revolution…

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First up, I feel bad saying bad things about novels (unless the author is dead, and especially if the author is Thomas Hardy, then I’m more than happy). Simon Sebag Montefiore has never… Continue reading

I never thought I’d need to do homework to get through a novel. It’s a good job I like history.

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I remember people complaining about Wolf Hall, saying it was hard to read. However, I’ve read a lot of Tudor non-fiction, watched all the documentaries with both the bright young faces of BBC… Continue reading

Saints, Poets, and Sneezing.

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This week, I have been mostly responsible for the death of many, many trees, in the form of many, many tissues. A lurgy is upon me, and while I’ve managed to go to… Continue reading

It’s raining books!

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…Hallelujah! It’s raining books,  hallelujah! I’m gonna go out, I’m gonna let myself get, seriously bruised and possibly concuuusssssed!!*   *Yeah, it falls apart there.  There’s no umbrella strong enough to handle a… Continue reading