Maps

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

9 August 1588 – Elizabeth I’s Speech to her Troops at Tilbury

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

Not What it Used to Be by Livi Michael

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

Marvellous Melbourne

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

10 John Donne Poems Everyone Should Read

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