WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616)

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. Very little is known about William Shakespeare’s personal life and that is the … Continue reading WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616)

ENGLISH LITERATURE IN THE RENAISSANCE

Literature   “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves” – William Shakespeare Brief General outlook – from Humanism to Renaissance  The Renaissance was a … Continue reading ENGLISH LITERATURE IN THE RENAISSANCE

THE TUDOR DYNASTY

THE TUDOR DYNASTY Before discussing the rise of the Tudor dynasty it is necessary to step back and analyse some of the most important events that led Henry VII Tudor … Continue reading THE TUDOR DYNASTY

LITERATURE IN THE MIDDLE AGES

GENERAL OUTLOOK   The Middle Ages, if compared to the age of the great Viking invasions, can be considered a time of relative stability that favoured artistic development. The general … Continue reading LITERATURE IN THE MIDDLE AGES

GEOFFREY CHAUCER (approx. 1340-1400)

  BIOGRAPHY Geoffrey Chaucer came from a family that belonged to the urban middle class and yet benefitted from the Crown’s trust. Indeed he was appointed to many official charges … Continue reading GEOFFREY CHAUCER (approx. 1340-1400)

OUTLINES – THE MIDDLE AGES

http://www.tumblr.com   1066-Norman Conquest   William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy became William I 1066-1087 End of Anglo-Saxon rule Introduction of Feudal System Domesday Book Separation of clerical and lay … Continue reading OUTLINES – THE MIDDLE AGES

THE MIDDLE AGES part 2

 The Norman and the Plantagenet’s Dynasties William I was succeeded on the throne, first by his son William II (1087-1100), and later by his son Henry I (1100-1135). They both … Continue reading THE MIDDLE AGES part 2

THE MIDDLE AGES – part 1

Political stability brought about economic prosperity and cultural growth and beauty. The development of Britain thanks to long-term changes and deep insight of its rulers.