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Birth of the Tudors!

On this day, 22nd August (1485), we celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth and the birth of the Tudor Dynasty! I know the times to come aren’t great but the world would be just so different without the Tudors and I can’t help but get a little excited!

Also on this day, the death of Charles Brandon in 1545, which isn’t quite as nice…

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More Dolls & Thank You

I was feeling rather creative in the first few days of the holidays so decided to carry on making some of the dolls. These actually stand up, which I think is a slight improvement at least…

(The felt I used was made from recycled bottles!)

 

And now I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who’s viewed my blog. It is so greatly appreciated. I reached 2000 views today and am pretty excited about that! Just so I know, does anyone want more of Thy Kingdom Come posted on here?

Thank you everyone!

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Shakespeare Summaries – Hamlet

Those of you who know me well will know just how much I love Shakespeare, so I thought I’d spend some time talking about his great plays. I think some of the characters in various Shakespeare characters do reflect Elizabethan ideals and nightmares of women, much as many of the Regency Classics do with men. Hamlet is my absolute favourite play, so it’s what I want to start with…

So here is a brief summary of the play:

At the start of the play, we soon find out that King Hamlet of Denmark has recently died and his widow, Queen Gertrude, has married Hamlet’s brother, Claudius, within a month, a marriage which King Hamlet’s son, Prince Hamlet, has deemed incestuous and both Claudius and Gertrude quickly fell from his favour. The play opens with various servants and gentlemen were keeping watch over the Royal Court late at night and noticing a ghost-like figure in the form of the dead King.

Upon hearing from friend, Horatio, of the ghost, Hamlet goes to where the men were keeping guard and the ghost soon reveals itself. Refusing to talk to anyone, the ghost leads Hamlet to a secluded place and the ghost identifies himself as King Hamlet and reveals the truth that he had in fact been poisoned by Claudius. Hamlet decides to seek vengeance with some persuasion from the ghost.

In Act 1, Scene 3 we meet Ophelia (who is being courted by Hamlet) and hear more from her father and brother, Polonius and Laertes respectively. Laertes is leaving for France and Polonius is advising them both on how to behave. Soon after, Ophelia reports some rather worrying behavior from Hamlet, and this is soon confirmed my many acts we see of Hamlet. As Hamlet is still unsure about the accuracy of the ghost’s words, he decides to put on a play for the King and Queen which portrayed his father’s murder so that he could study Claudius’ reaction to determine his guilt. The play goes well with a running commentary from Hamlet and Claudius abruptly rises on the murder scene, which Hamlet takes as proof of his uncle’s guilt.

After the play has ended, Gertrude calls Hamlet to her for an explanation. Polonius eavesdrops on the conversation and cries out for help when he begins to worry that Hamlet will kill Gertrude. Mistaking Polonius for Claudius, Hamlet stabs at him.  He is by no means remorseful when he realises that it was Polonius he killed. The ghost appears again and urges Hamlet to be gentle with his mother, whilst reminding him of his mission to kill Claudius. Gertrude, unable to see or hear the ghost, interprets the conversation as further proof of Hamlet’s madness.

Deciding that Hamlet is a threat, Claudius sends Hamlet on what the Court thinks is a political mission to England. Alone he admits his true intentions of Hamlet’s death. Meanwhile, Ophelia begins to act with increasing insanity, wandering the castle and singing many bawdy songs. She gives out herbs and flowers to those present and then leaves. Laertes returns from France, obviously distraught due to the happenings in Denmark. Claudius persuades him that Hamlet is entirely responsible and proposes a fencing match between the two. Seeking revenge, Laertes plans to poison his sword so that even a scratch could succeed in killing Hamlet. Claudius says he will offer poisoned wine to Hamlet if that fails. Gertrude then enters with the news that Ophelia has drowned.

We next see two ‘clowns’ digging Ophelia’s grave as a coroner ruled that the death was incidental and therefore she deserves Christian burial. However, the gravediggers argue that Ophelia must have committed suicide and that is what is generally believed. Hamlet and Horatio talk with the gravediggers, unaware that they are digging Ophelia’s grave. They unearth of skull, giving the famous quote ‘Alas, poor Yorick; I knew him, Horatio.’, commonly mistaken for ‘Alas, poor Yorick; I knew him well.’ The funeral procession enters the graveyard, lead by Laertes, who, overcome by grief and upset further by the lack of ceremony (due to the suicide possibility), leaps into the grave and curses Hamlet as the cause of her death. Hamlet soon interrupts, declaring his own love and grief for Ophelia. Hamlet and Laertes begin to fight, but are prized apart by Claudius and Gertrude.

Later that day, a courtier invites Hamlet to the fencing match against Laertes, which Hamlet accepts against persuasions from Horatio to decline. The fencing match begins and soon after Gertrude toasts to Hamlet against warnings from Claudius, and drinks the poisoned wine. Hamlet is injured by the poisoned sword, but in  struggle manages to use Laertes’ sword against him. Gertrude falls, announcing that she had been poisoned in her dying breath.

As they die, Laertes and Hamlet reconcile and Hamlet reveals the truth about Claudius. Hamlet then injures Claudius with the poisoned sword then makes him drink some of the wine to make sure he dies. Horatio tries to kill himself by drinking the remainder of the wine but is stopped by Hamlet as Horatio is the only person alive who would know what had happened and could reveal the truth about the deaths and how Claudius had killed King Hamlet. Prince Hamlet names an heir in his final moments, the Prince of Norway, and he arrives shocked at the scene, with Horatio telling him everything that had happened.

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Are we forgetting the past?

This is something that’s been bugging me personally for the past few weeks and I just have to make this point. Really, how many of us are prepared to put the people of the past first or even takes events and people of the past seriously at all?

The amount of people I’ve seen messing about and refusing to work when the aim of the lesson was studying the Holocaust or sniggering when they hear of some of the traumatic details of the personal lives of various characters.

Somehow, I think we need to find more respect for the past. It’s a fact that one day the present and future will be the past too. Remember that. Do you want to be forgotten too?

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Queen Anne Boleyn

Today we remember Queen Anne Boleyn as we mark the 475th anniversary of her death. No one knows the date of her birth so on the anniversary of her death I like to celebrate her life as well as mourn her death. Here are two things I’ve done this week (known as ‘Anne Boleyn week’ to some of us):

Here’s a sketch I did of Anne, the fauvist version of it (unfinished!) and my B-necklace which came on 17th and is part of my birthday present for this year… (Sorry- I really can’t work out how to get these picture to come up the way I want and I’ve got revision to do!)

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The Festival of History!

Just a quick post to say that we’ve just booked up our campsite for English Heritage’s Festival of History!

It’s an annual event on 15-16 July this year at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire. I’ll let you know what goes on after. I’m so excited now!

If you’d like more info about the festival see http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/foh-2011/

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New Hobby and Reminder…

I admit, I was bored and looking at Deridolls and was inspired. So I spent a few hours making my own little Renaissance doll…

I know she’s not a patch on a Deridoll but I really did enjoy making her. She really is quite adorable and I must admit I love her despite the awful sewing. If anyone particularly wants a handmade doll based on a portrait but doesn’t mind if it’s a little dodgy then hey, I’m here and willing. She’s made from completely recycled materials for you eco-friendly people out there.

Anyway, I don’t like to nag but I’m becoming a little concerned about commenting on here. I like people to comment but PLEASE nothing that will offend anyone else. I want to keep by blog friendly! A quick reminder of the rule-book:

-No offensive comments, swearing, racism, etc.

-If you’re not interested- leave

-Think before you say ANYTHING

-Debate, not argue!

-I know it’s a basic one, but people forget. DON’T SHARE ANY PERSONAL DETAILS!

-Follow the rules!

It’s pretty simple really. So please help me out here- follow the basic rules and keep the blog happy! Thank you!

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