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April 2017

19 Apr The Gustav Sonata

  This really was an easy read as well as being a real page-turner; an excellent choice for the latter stages of the Easter holidays. The difficulty now will be finding another book that betters it or is equally captivating. I loved the narrative and the...

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13 Apr Secret by Philippe Grimbert

  I am posting this article from The Guardian which provides an excellent insight into this unforgettable novel. Twenty years after his parents jumped from the window of their Parisian apartment to their deaths, Philippe Grimbert decided to write about the secret that had overwhelmed their lives....

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12 Apr Medieval Selfies

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a ‘selfie’ as something quite basic and simplistic, namely a ‘photographic self-portrait’. However, in many senses selfies are nothing new; if we remove the photographic aspect of a selfie and include self-portraits made with pen and ink then we can...

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04 Apr Co-operation with Europe

Stephen Church, Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia has commented, "by triggering Article 50 to start Britain’s process of exiting the European Union, Theresa May will launch the country into the unknown. History provides examples of Britain leaving Europe – and sometimes...

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03 Apr Edwardian Bookplates versus Tattoos

The tattoo has been in and out of fashion since Victorian times, nevertheless, for many people, it is currently the ultimate way to express your personality. Brooklyn Beckham, who recently turned eighteen, posted this image on his Instagram account proudly displaying his first tattoo to his...

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03 Apr Toy Soldiers

This post is based on a fascinating article which appeared in History Today charting the role of children's toys in acclimatising youngsters to war and conflict around the world. Many thanks to Philip Kirby, Associate Research Fellow in Geography at the University of Exeter, Sean Carter a Senior Lecturer in...

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