Showing posts from July, 2012

My Review of In The Lion's Court: Power, Ambition and Sudden Death in the Reign of Henry VIII - A Study in Political Intrigue By Derek Wilson

‘ You often boast to me that you have the king’s ear and often have fun with him, freely and according to your whims. This is like having fun with tamed lions – often it is harmless, but just as often there is fear of harm. Often he roars in rage for no known reason, and suddenly the fun becomes fatal .’ Thomas More   For anyone endeavoring to understand the reign of Henry VIII, King of England, and or the man Henry Tudor himself, the focus has been to turn to his infamous six wives for the answer. However, writer and novelist, Derek Wilson gives us the answers through the eyes of the Six Thomases’ orbiting around the man himself:  Thomas Wolsey, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Thomas Howard, Thomas Wriothesley and Thomas Cranmer. Derek Wilson also gives us another mnemonic:  Died, beheaded, beheaded, Self-slaughtered, burned survived. Between 1509 and 1547, these six men were the most closely involved with the governing king of the empire of England. Thomas Wolsey w

Great Expectations in Celebration of Mr. Charles Dickens

  IN CELEBRATION OF THE 200 TH BIRTHDAY OF CHARLES DICKENS there are two exhibits currently taking place in England. I would like to share the details here with you.  The Bodleian Summer exhibition celebrates the bicentenary of Charles Dickens. It explores the relationship between the fictional worlds Dickens created in his novels and the historical reality in which he lived. Drawing on the Bodleian’s unparalleled collection of printed ephemera, the Dickens and his World exhibition depicts in a unique way the life and times in which the novels and stories of this great writer were set. On display will be playbills, advertisements, murder sheets, maps, panoramas, sheet music, playing cards and prints which will aim to recreate Dickens’s world and take the visitors on a journey back to his time. These items will be accompanied by quotations from Dickens’s novels, thus revealing how the historical reality of the Victorian times is mirrored in his writings. There will be