When you teach
you almost inevitably touch on the idea that ‘history is written by the winners’, as Richard III Orwell said in 1944 (and again, of course, so horrifically in ). [a] Nineteen Eighty-Four
Who were victorious over
Robert Devereux, second Earl of Essex in the end? Would he have recognised the history they wrote for him?
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, Tracy Borman (Hodder & Stoughton: London, 2016) The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty
A salutary warning for would-be 21st-century celebrities?
calls it correctly, Francis Bacon as he so often does: Men in great place […] have no freedom; neither in their persons, nor in their actions, nor in their times. It is a strange desire, to seek power and to lose liberty: or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man’s self. [a]
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“… though she be but little, she is fierce” A Midsummer Night’s Dream (III,ii)
Not just married to Edward II. Not simply denounced by history as the ‘
‘. As if all that wasn’t enough, she was relegated to a footnote in She Wolf of France last week‘s QotW.
It’s her turn. Be afraid.
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“Goodbye (sniff): I loved your essay so much I read it twice!”
If beginnings feel tricky (until you read
this, naturally), then signing off an essay can feel just as daunting, and it’s equally important. Faced with the time pressure of writing an additional half paragraph of analysis only to finish mid-
-sentence, or writing a strong conclusion, I know which one I’d choose every time.
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‘the readiness is all’ Hamlet V.ii
time of year again. that
OCR A Level English Literature (paper 1): Thursday, 23 May, 13:30hrs
AQA GCSE English Literature (paper 1): Wednesday, 15 May, 13:30hrs
as well as mocks for Y10 and Y12 students … and the most daunting thing of all is
your answer. (For tips on how to starting end your essay, click here)
“Do I need an introduction? Why? What should be in it?”
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Last week’s pre-exam discussions with Year 13 looked again at how we might adopt a Feminist critical stance to our exam texts. The fabled
, I hear OCR students gasp … AO5
Continue reading “QotW (#75): 06 May 2019”
No, Inspector Grant, you can’t get a hunchback from reading about it …
Is this the ultimate ‘cold case’?
arrives with some hefty baggage in terms of its critical reception. The Daughter of Time
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