A Re-Examination of Mary Tudor

If people haven’t got her confused with Mary Queen of Scots, the defining trait of Mary Tudor is the burning of 300 Protestants that occurred during her turbulent five-year reign from 1553 to 1558. The nickname ‘Bloody Mary’ has stuck since her reign, as Elizabeth I’s reign made effective use of Protestant propaganda, and Mary’s reign was brandished as a cruel period that dragged England into the darkness, saved by Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne. Continue reading

Visit to Haworth and the Bronte Parsonage

Since my interest in the Bronte’s has begun, I’ve desperately wanted to go back to Haworth. I went for the day years ago, before I had read any of their novels, and didn’t go to the Bronte Parsonage. This time around I was going to Sheffield to visit my sister with my parents, but the day before we left, travelled up to Haworth just for the day. It was not enough time  to be able to explore Haworth and the beautiful moors surrounding it, but it was such a worthwhile trip and has definitely left me determined to visit again.

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Monthly Reading Roundup: May

Monthly Reading Roundup: May

Didn’t get to read quite as much this month, but with my exams and other assignments it’s been a stressful time. Thankfully I’ve finished my second year of university, so this summer I’m looking forward to actually having the time to read for fun, as well as starting reading for my dissertation on Anne Bronte. Continue reading

Monthly Reading Roundup: April

 

A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray Rating: 4/5

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Reading Non-Fiction, especially History books for me, always seems more daunting than it actually is.  After neglecting my growing pile of history books, I decided to start with A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray. I couldn’t have asked for a better book to get me back into non-fiction, with Jenni Murray perfectly merging the general overview of these women’s lives with her personal experiences.  This helped make the book engaging and enjoyable, rather than it reading like a Wikipedia page or just dull retelling of facts like some history books. Continue reading

The Bold and Brilliant Anne Bronte

“I am satisfied that if a book is a good one, it is so whatever the sex of the author may be. All novels are or should be written for both men and women to read, and I am at a loss to conceive how a man should permit himself to write anything that would be really disgraceful to a woman, or why a woman should be censured for writing anything that would be proper and becoming for a man”- Anne Bronte, Second preface to ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

 

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It was only until I studied ‘Wuthering Heights’ at A-Level that I realised there even was a third Bronte sister. Even so, she received a passing mention, and it wasn’t until the summer before I started university that I investigated her novels. I watched the Tenant of Wildfell Hall and was incredibly surprised that this incredible story had never gained my attention beforehand. Continue reading

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season Two Episode 13 Review ‘Can Josh Take A Leap Of Faith?’

“I’m just a girl in love,

I can’t be held responsible for my actions!”

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After a stellar second season, Crazy-Ex Girlfriend’s end to Season Two demonstrated how far Rebecca and Josh have come, and how much longer they still have to go to fully address their issues. Continue reading

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 2 Episode 8 and 9 Review

First things first, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has been renewed for season 3!!! It’s such a relief that one of the smartest and funniest shows on television has been given another well-deserved season, despite currently having the lowest ratings of any show on network television. Though since its addition to Netflix, I like to hope a lot of views come from them, giving it a larger audience that the one is represented. Seriously though, it’s just nice to see a Network actually support well written and acclaimed shows, even if they don’t have a large audience. Also Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is only one of two shows that garners any award recognition

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