Monthly Archives: November 2015

William Langland, Cleric and Social Reformer and Author of “Piers Plowman”

William Langland is the presumed author of the Middle English alliterative poem known as Piers the Ploughman. “After George Kane’s thorough study of the available internal and external evidence in his Piers Plowman: The Evidence for Authorship (1965), single authorship … Continue reading

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What the Heck is “Deodand”?

“In 1336, a drunken sailor climbed the mast of his ship at anchor in the Thames by means of a rope, presumably part of the rigging. When he tried to descend the same way he fell and died. A coroner’s … Continue reading

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More Doublespeak and Euphemisms

We all love delightfully delicious euphemisms, but we do not all know the source of some of our favorite phrases. Here are a few more tidbits to add to your supper conversation.  The sources of many of the entries are … Continue reading

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The History Behind Veterans’ Day

Although officially, World War I ended on 28 June 1919, a cessation of the fighting between the Allied forces and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month some seven months earlier.  Originally … Continue reading

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London Architecture: Woburn Walk

During the Georgian period, shopfronts emerged, and by the mid 1800s, the populace preferred the characteristic bowed fronts. The Rebuilding Act had prescribed “pent house” projections, but the necessity to add drain pipes to the outside of the building changed … Continue reading

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Recent Winners on the Every Woman Dreams Blog!

These ladies were recent winners on the Every Woman Dreams Blog. Congratulations to Luthien 84, who received an eBook copy of A Touch of Emerald: The Conclusion of the Realm Series from the “George IV’s Reign” post. Meanwhile, Diana Wilder, … Continue reading

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Chaucer’s Influence (Part 2): The Canterbury Tales

What should every learner of British literature know of Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales”? Chaucer, in the persona of the narrator and civil servant relates the stories from the different characters found within the tales. The pilgrims are making a journey … Continue reading

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