Dangerous enchantment

I can still remember being enchanted when a child by fairy stories. Tales of the Brothers Grimm or of Charles Perrault, or Hans Christian Andersen or the One Thousand Nights and One Night, they include figures like Hansel and Gretel, Puss in Boots, Jack the Giant Killer and Aladdin. Associated with them are the stories … More Dangerous enchantment

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Other realms

Human beings are confined to the evidence of their senses in exploring the world of which they are a part. But we want more: the senses tell us how; but we want to know why. To find out why though, we have to use our imagination. No matter how bolstered up it is with assurances … More Other realms

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Black Sea letters

There are two mysteries about the Roman poet Ovid. The first one is political. After 30 years of fame in Rome as a wildly fashionable poet, Ovid, aged 50, was exiled to Tomis in present day Romania, a port on the western shore of the Black Sea, spent his last 10 years there, and died … More Black Sea letters

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Foot of clay

Akhenaten, the Pharaoh who introduced worship of the Aten, the one god, and banished the rites of other Egyptian gods, left a revolutionary legacy that undermined the role of Pharaoh and led to the end of his dynasty. Akhenaten and his chief wife Nefertiti. These portraits might be in a naturalistic style, and the two … More Foot of clay

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Too fond a friend

In May 1593 the famous playwright Thomas Kyd was arrested in London by officials of the Privy Council, the executive government body of Queen Elizabeth. Kyd was the author of The Spanish Tragedy, a revenge play of European wide fame and influence and he had also written versions of King Lear and of Hamlet, both … More Too fond a friend

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Famous then forgotten

I’ve been reading some of the detective novels of Freeman Wills Crofts (1879-1957), and found him almost completely unknown now other than by a brief biographical notice on Wikipedia. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s though Crofts was one of the best known writers of detective stories in the world, and his titles regularly outsold those … More Famous then forgotten

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