Tag Archives: Italy

Sicily in Bloomsbury

One of the current exhibitions on at the British museum at the moment is “Sicily Culture and Conquest”.  The southern Italian island has been on my must visit list for a while, especially as my interest has been heightened by … Continue reading

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Review: The Pope’s Daughter by Caroline P Murphy

As I have confessed here before I struggle with historical biographies as a genre. The talent of writing up the research in a non academic, reader friendly way is the key to a good historical biography in my humble opinion. … Continue reading

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Some facts about Papal Conclaves

As the world looks to Rome to see who will succeed Pope Benedict here are some interesting facts about the process.   Conclave as we know it today started in 1268. This is because after the death of Clement IV … Continue reading

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My Tribute to Our Greatest Playwrite William Shakespeare.

Today 448 years ago give or take a boy was boy in Stratford- Upon -Avon to a glove maker and his wife. Three days later he was baptised. This baby would go on and become one of the biggest cultural … Continue reading

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