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)
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 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
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
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)
The Oldest Trace of Anglo-Saxon Literature Beowulf is the oldest epic poem that has come down to us from the past, it was originally composed anonimously, as was typical then, in Old … Continue reading Beowulf
Literature is a form of entertainment, the need to tell stories, to recount important events of a community, in a given time and a specific place, has always characterised mankind … Continue reading ANGLO-SAXON LITERATURE
The Normans 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
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.
The development of a nation.
Timeline 8000 BC 2500 BC 700 BC 55 BC 43-47 AD 122-126 AD 409 AD The Iberians Stonehenge Celtic invasion Julius Caesar invaded Britain Roman Conquest under Claudius Hadrian’s Wall … Continue reading FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE ROMAN EMPIRE