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Well, the the second week of February is really proving to be a time of turbulence and general dissatisfaction. Yesterday is was students versus townsfolk in Oxford in the fourteenth century, the day before that it was violent games of football in sixteenth century Chester. 726 more words

British And Brilliant

Visiting Speaker, 16 Feb 2016: Dale Townshend on Horace Walpole's Enchanted Castles

Dale Townshend (University of Stirling) will be presenting his paper, ‘Horace Walpole’s Enchanted Castles’, at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 16 February 2016. The talk will take place in the Cardiff University’s John Percival Building, Room 4.43, and will be followed by a wine reception. 412 more words


Regency Personalities Series-William Roscoe

Regency Personalities Series

In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables. … 1,251 more words



One of my favourite words in the English language for both its sound and its sense, its first coinage is described here in The Paris Review: 6 more words



Back in September I wrote about Horace Walpole and mentioned that he invented the words ‘gloomth’ and ‘raint’. Today I want to tell you about another word he came up with that is a little more widely used. 878 more words

British And Brilliant

"...as I have nothing better to tell you..."

“…a very expressive word, which, as I have nothing better to tell you, I shall endeavor to explain to you: you will understand it better by the derivation than the definition.” 18 more words


Zillow listing for the Castle of Otranto

Source Text: The Castle of Otranto

Realize your dreams of hereditary usurpment at a sprawling 46-acre wooded estate! A rustic 13th-century front gate opens into a courtyard with enough space for three knights plus 350 attendants and their horses, or one Escalade. 170 more words

Gothic Fiction