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Geoffrey Hill’s Roots

In his Mercian Hymns (1971), Geoffrey Hill creates a compelling, mythopoeic world made up of the history and the landscape of the West Midlands. He interweaves the geographies and perspectives of several figures into his poetic panorama, flitting from a child’s eye view to the gaze of the medieval king Offa to the reminiscences of an adult, and he creates an intense, cohesive picture of a time and place that is just out of step with our own. 4,156 more words


Book Review: “Edward the Elder 899-924” edited by N.J. Higham and D.H. Hill

There is a real dearth of primary sources for historians to work with regarding the reign of the Anglo-Saxon King Edward the Elder, first son of… 480 more words

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5 Years a Londoner

On 9th June 2009 I moved from Manchester to London, leaving the north a day early because of the threatened tube strike. Five year later in 2014, The Year of the Bus, I should point out that if I now knew how wonderful London buses were I would have stayed in Manchester until the 10th when I was originally due to move into my Tottenham flat. 248 more words

Seattle In Shorts

Along the Mercian Way

This unusual and rather stunning route marker highlights the distance to Chester (to the north) and Bewdley (to the south) along the Mercian Way, a beautiful cycling / walking route that covers 230 miles from Salisbury in Wiltshire to Chester in Cheshire. 14 more words