Category Archives: Cultural History

Tweeting from the Grave: Sickness and Survival in the 17th Century

by Dr Hannah Newton [i] My favourite thing about being a historian is reading other people’s diaries. I began to realise this at the tender age of eight, when our teacher asked us to write a series of diary entries … Continue reading

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Reading Welcomes the Summer (in the manner of c. 1218!)

by Prof Anne Lawrence The manuscript in this image (below), now British Library Ms. Harley 978, was once owned by Reading Abbey, and contains an eclectic mixture of texts, including the poems of a twelfth-century author and performer now known … Continue reading

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The Long Read: Saint Guinefort the Holy Greyhound

by Dr Rebecca Rist In April 1988 the New York Times published a review of Suzanne Schiffman and Paméla Berger’s film Sorceress (French version Le Moine et la Sorcière), which debuted at the 68th Street Playhouse. It described it as … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: Tale as Old as Time

by Tom Rusbridge, University of Birmingham Disney’s live-action remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was released in Spring 2017 and made its little-screen debut over Christmas. Following on from the animated feature classic of 1991, the fantastical nature of the … Continue reading

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Votes for Women: What are we celebrating?

by Melanie Khuddro This week marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act receiving Royal Assent; the week when women were first legally recognised to have voting rights in the UK. Countless flags, banners and badges adorned in … Continue reading

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