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The Six Wives of Henry VIII - Catherine of Aragon
Henry VIII is best remembered for his numerous wives who between them were beheaded, divorced and died. The last bride, Kathryn Parr, was the only wife who survived her marriage with Henry. This article gives some tips for remembering the wives and looks at Henry’s first wife Catherine of Aragon.
The Six Wives of Henry VIII - Jane Seymour
Henry VIII divorced Caterhine of Aragon and beheaded Anne Boleyn. Eleven days after the execution of his second wife he married Jane Seymour.
The Songs of Distant Earth - Book Review
The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke is a deeply thoughtful science fiction book set in the far distant future after earth has been destroyed. The last spaceship to leave earth arrives on a settled planet...
The Young Visiters
The Young Visiters was written by Daisy Ashford when she was nine years old. For years the notebook containing The Young Visiters lay forgotten in a drawer, until one day in her mid-thirties the author unearthed the story from her youth. It went on to be published, more or less as written, in 1919
Thomas Hardy - Poetry
Thomas Hardy’s poetry was first published when he was in his fifties. The deluge of poetry that came to print in Hardy’s later years is a delight – not perfect, not pure, but holding moments of genius and memories of a life well lived.
Tristan and Iseult
One of our oldest stories, featuring a traingle of love similar to that of Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot, Tristan and Iseult is a simple and stirring story of power, love and magic.
This article briefly explores the reigns of the Tudor queens Mary and Elizabeth. Who were these rare women who held the power of a nation, of a kingdom, of an empire in their hands for half a century between them?
When We Were Very Young - Book Review
When We Were Very Young is a poetry book by A A Milne, author of the Winnie the Pooh stories. The book was first published in 1924, yet many of the poems are simple enough to delight children (and adults!) of today.
Who's Buried Where? - Book Review
Find out where past kings and queens of England are buried. Discover the last resting places of artists, poets and writers. Learn how past prime ministers have been commemorated. Who’s Buried Where? provides a wealth of information about where you can find memorials to the great and the good.
William Blake – poet and artist, political and visionary – was born in London in 1757. Some would call Blake's Jerusalem - sung at the start of the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games - England’s alternate national anthem.
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