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Historical Fiction Week on VL

Historical fiction is the closest thing we have to a time machine. When done right, it can transport you to another time and place as if a history book came alive. 174 more words

Fiction: 21st Century

A Catholic recusant in the court of Elizabeth I

In the aftermath of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg (and yes, I know it isn’t entirely certain he did nail them, but it makes for a forceful image, doesn’t it? 2,002 more words


ON THIS DAY: February 25, 2017

February 25th is

Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day

Clam Chowder Day

Sword Swallowers Day

Open That Bottle Night *

MORE! Elizabeth I, Samuel Colt and Corazon Aquino, click 1,108 more words


86: The Fates of Nero

Our ships came safe home.  The Spanish rogues waited near Fowl Mouth to attack them, but (as we hoped) the immortal wrath of the Queen Cat of Heaven wrought against them.   987 more words

Books, Dudley-Related (3)

In the spring of 1584 the English government (in the person of Sir Francis Walsingham) became aware of a new publication that had surfaced in France. 245 more words

Robert Dudley

Today: February, 18

Mary I of England

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By the Grace of God, King and Queen of England, Spain, France, Jerusalem, both the Sicilies and Ireland, Defenders of the Faith, Archduke and Archduchess of Austria, Duke and Duchess of Burgundy, Milan and Brabant, Count and Countess of Habsburg, Flanders and Tyrol. 240 more words

Anne Boleyn

Gaunt's Warning to Richard II

Gaunt’s Speech 251-4

Quick Summary: Gaunt describes Richard’s abuse of his crown and prerogative.


Placed at Act 2, scene 1, this speech acts a key pivot in the two large movements of the play. 549 more words

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