Snow White and the Virgin Martyrs: The Terrifying Conclusion!

And here we finish the play! I'll tell you one other interesting thing about Hrosvithe of Gandersheim and her work: From the end of the 15th century, printing companies used to have exclusive rights to print copies of particular books for a certain length of time, granted either by a monarch or the Pope. The …

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A great man passes.

This is, I guess, off topic. And I was going to put up the last part of the Virgin Martyrs tonight, but while I was out at the department's Christmas party, someone checked Facebook or whatever gave them the news, and told us that Nelson Mandela had died. He was, of course, quite old--ninety-five--and had …

Happy academic new year!

I have one more week of PhD-thesis-writinghood, which is why the total radio silence.  But as it's freshers' week (or induction week, as my uni has recently decided to rename it), I thought re-linking a couple of older posts might be useful.Five ways to Survive Freshers' WeekDealing with HousematesOnward and upward!

Four reasons I like the White Queen

So last weekend, the BBC's sort-of-like-Game-of-Thrones-but-less-horrifying drama The White Queen finished off the season, with a rather gruesome Battle of Bosworth Field. Despite dodgy set design, frustrating characters, and a, shall we say, laissez-faire approach to history, I liked it, and I'm a bit disappointed it's over for the summer. This is why. Promo picture …