Quite a number of factors need to be taken into account when choosing the names for characters. Some apply to any form of fiction such as ensuring that the character names are distinct and not easily confused with other characters, that they do not sound alike or look similar on paper. Even initials need to … Continue reading What’s in a name?
Like so many traditional songs there are a number of versions of Van Diemen's Land. Apart from various musical interpretations, there are a variety of lyrics depending on the country of origin of the singer, England or Ireland. The earliest published lyrics can be found in the Launceston Examiner of 21 Nov 1939 (p.2, c1). … Continue reading Van Diemen’s Land
Quite some years ago I applied for a job cataloguing maps. The interview was going well when one of the interviewers placed a map in front of me and asked me how I would catalogue it - it was a cadastral map overlaying a topographic map of an area of Melbourne in the 1880s. I … Continue reading Maps
Armada Portrait On 9 August 1588, Elizabeth I delivered a speech at Tilbury, Essex to troops drawn from all over England in expectation of an immanent Spanish invasion. Elizabeth appeared before the troops dressed in white wearing a silver cuirass and riding on a grey gelding. Other descriptions have her wearing a plumed helmet and … Continue reading 9 August 1588 – Elizabeth I’s Speech to her Troops at Tilbury
This interesting article by Livi Michael, published in Historia Magazine, looks at the way the writing of historical fiction has changed over the last fifty or so years in response to developments in historiography and the contemporary world view. In the course of my lifetime, historical fiction has been on a journey, from mass-market romance … Continue reading Not What it Used to Be by Livi Michael
It is amazing the gems that can be found courtesy of google. This is a film by Charles Cozens Spencer called 'Marvellous Melbourne (Australia): Queen City of the South'. The music accompanying it is 'Mock Morris" by Melbourne's Percy Grainger. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvqFnfA76zA I don't think the film does justice to Australia's own game of football so … Continue reading Marvellous Melbourne
Postcard of the Grand Canal from around 1890, coloured using the photochrom process. Many more postcards of Venice can be found at the following link. http://mashable.com/2016/07/16/venice-photoochrom/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-retronaut-link#1D6mLb5EIkq3 I hope to post some of my own (very amateur) efforts later in the year.
John Donne is my absolute favourite Metaphysical poet - this list from the Interesting Literature site includes some of his best. The list also includes links to the poems as well as critical analysis. The best and most essential poems by John Donne (1572-1631) John Donne’s poetry is a curious mix of contradictions. At once spiritual … Continue reading 10 John Donne Poems Everyone Should Read
This is thought to be the world's oldest written musical notation. Below is an interpretation of the song by Michael Levy, a musician,composer and researcher of ancient music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBhB9gRnIHE If you click through to YouTube there is a detailed analysis of the music and the history of the tablets it is written on.
A very interesting article from Pen and Pension on the making of marriage. In many ways the approach was similar in the 16th century and even into the 20th. Marriage was a significant part of life for the majority in 18th century England as it still is today. Not everyone married, of course, but most … Continue reading Marriage amongst the Middling Sort