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Historical Novels: Matthew Shardlake meets Prior Philip of Kingsbridge

Historical novels seem to be incredible popular at the moment.

Whenever I search for books in my local library, or on its website for ebooks, historical novels are one of the top categories. It’s probably no surprise in a way, because since a book is about escapism in a fun way, historical fiction takes a reader further away into the real world, and deeper into another realm.

Last year, the sole columnist of The Stylist magazine, Lucy Mangan, claimed in one of her columns entitled ‘Historical Fiction Changed My Life’¹ that historical novels are the best way to learn about history. Continue reading Historical Novels: Matthew Shardlake meets Prior Philip of Kingsbridge

Ianuarius: The Month of Janus

Every January, at primary school,* I was told a certain frequent story by my ever-so-knowledgeable headmaster, Mr Davies.

He taught us that January was actually named after an ancient Roman God, Janus (Latin: inanua¹) who had two heads. One head looked forward into the future, and the other looked back into the past. Continue reading Ianuarius: The Month of Janus

Reblogged: In which, the kids are fine. Shut up!

Yesterday, I came across this blog on my ‘Freshly Pressed’ Reader page. The aspect that attracted me was the picture of kids at an art museum, looking at their smartphones in front a famous painting. This author’s reaction to the photo made me giggle. 😀

It’s worrying that people (especially children!) are far more interested in their phones, rather than priceless art on the walls. As the debate rages in the comment section, many people argue that perhaps they are learning about these historical paintings on their smartphones, or they are gathering to share photos of other pieces of art they have seen when they were split into smaller groups. The world has advanced, so now one can even have an audioguide take you round the museum.

After reading this post, it’s occurred to me that walking through museum and galleries are a modern, physical way of taking a walk through history. It can be fun, it can be informative, and can be interesting. As Siler points out, it can be exhausting too, so people sit down on the couches to take a break (and yes, look at their smartphones!). I use the resting spots to rest from my walk, and to gaze at whatever I am looking at. As I stated out in my comment, it can be overwhelming with all that information, so one would need to sit down.

So, the next time you visit a museum, think of it as taking a walk through history. You never know. It might change your perspective (hopefully, it won’t be as exhausting), and I challenge you not to look at your smartphone once! 😀

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A note, before I start: I had to do research and learn what the hell the difference is between Holland, the Netherlands and Denmark before writing this post.  So obviously I am supposed to be writing right now.

Anyway.  This picture’s making the rounds:

tumblr_ngp1r0FJEa1qz6f9yo1_1280Here’s what you’re supposed to do: you’re supposed to look at this picture and go arr wharglebargle kids these days yarr, and be all mad.  In case you don’t recognize it, that painting on the wall back there is Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, which isn’t actually called that officially but whatever.  The idea is that these kids– who look, to my eyes, to be maybe eighth- or ninth-graders, are in the presence of Priceless! Artwork! and instead of reverently gazing upon it they are daring to look at their phones.  Horror!  Terror! Decline of society!  Wharrgarbl!  Facebook is so angry about this, guys.

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Letter to a Dream Reader

Dear Ms Jane Austen,

Oh, Jane Austen!¹ How I, and zillion other people, admire you and your works! Your great novels, such as Pride and Prejudice, provide enjoyment to many people every day. Your quotes are written on everything, girls pine for a Mr Darcy, and people like me wonder what it was like to live in the 18th and 19th centuries (after the medieval era, the Georgian/Regency period is my second favourite). Needless to say, your unique language, fashion, and Georgian dances provides escapism to us from the modern world. Continue reading Letter to a Dream Reader