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Shakespeare's Falstaff and Henry IV

Today we had some fabulous tutorials exploring the kind of language Shakespeare uses in the opening scenes of Henry IV. Here is the king trying to bind together his empire with a proposal that all the civil warmongering British unite in one force and go on a crusade to rescue Jerusalem from the “infidels”. 1,088 more words


Top Blogs- First Cull Autumn 2015

My students are performing miracles with their blogs. They are grasping and extending the content of the literature they are studying in the most creative ways. 230 more words


Thomas Hardy's Clym Yeobright: Madman? Heretic? or Blasphemer?

In the last two pages of Return of the Native Hardy alludes to the fact that Clym preaching to the “heathmen and women” on Rainbarrow, just before his 33rd birthday echoes Jesus’s work on the… 346 more words


Thomas Carlyle's Wonderful Words Celebrating the Continuing Importance of the Printed Word

At the State Library Today, we also genuflected in front of these amazing words from that extraordinary 19th Century wordsmith, the historian Charles (to whom… 94 more words


Thomas Hardy: Searching for Ballast in a Crazy World!

Egdon Heath (with Rainbarrow on the right) photographed May 2014- on location (Click to enlarge) 

Thomas Hardy, when describing Egdon Heath, the physical setting for his novel  428 more words


The Invention of the Wrist Watch: The Work of the Devil?

In 1853 (the year that Dickens published Hard Times and Matthew Arnold published “The Scholar Gypsy” the Boston Watch Company was formed. This was the first company to begin developing that device that keeps us all chained to linear clock time, intensifying our stress and anxiety levels and robbing us of the childhood capacity to ignore time and be immersed in the simple pleasures of life. 438 more words


Queen Victoria's Railway Carriage and Charles Dickens' Challenge!

This is where Queen Victoria sat in her carriage- a gold plated dunny,  with decor matching the carriage as a whole:

It is no wonder that Dickens and artists concerned with the “Condition of England” were disturbed at the discrepancy between such opulence and the conditions that 9/10ths of the English population had to endure during this period. 336 more words