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Reviewing 24 of the best dystopian novels

Dystopian novels figure prominently in the work of some of the world’s best science fiction writers. With Donald Trump in the White House, and an …

Dünyanın İnsan Kontrollü İlk Hoverbike'ı (Motosikleti) Hazır

Dubai'deki yetkililer bu yaz ilk drone taksileri uygulamaya sokuyor olabilir, ancak Rusya gökyüzünü insanların kullandığı hoverbike'larla doldurmak …

Headstone is mounted on Seamus Heaney's grave: There's a certain poetry to this simple, evocative marker

It's two years since the poet Seamus Heaney died in hospital in Dublin at the age of 73 and since his remains were returned for burial in his home …

7 weird and wonderful medieval facts

In <i>The Middle Ages Unlocked: A Guide to Life in Medieval England, 1050–1300</i>, Dr Gillian Polack and Dr Katrin Kania explore a wide range of topics from …

Medieval

10 Fun Fashion Facts from the Middle Ages

Recently, I wrote <b>a post about medieval fabrics</b> that contained some interesting information from Margaret Scott’s <b>Fashion in the Middle Ages</b>. What I …

Ancient History

Top 10 Medieval Games (That May or May Not Kill You)

We might be surprised to learn that there were lots of holidays in medieval times which left plenty of time for sports and games. Almost every month …

The legendary Margaret Atwood on modern love

Photo, Roberto Caruso.<p>If her legacy weren’t already assured by her more than 40 books — novels, essay and short story collections, volumes of poetry, …

What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur actually sounded like

Let's hop into a time machine and go back to the England of yore!<p>If this were a movie, no matter when we got out of the machine, we could walk up to …

Linguistics

Murder in the Cathedral

One of the most notorious episodes in medieval English history took place at Canterbury Cathedral on 29 December 1170. During evening vespers, Thomas …

Magna Carta

A Year In The Life of The Canterbury Tales’ Storied Beginnings

Geoffrey Chaucer was England’s first literary superstar with Canterbury Tales. How he got there is just as fascinating.<p>Paul Strohm’s vibrant …

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales 2012 – a multimedia pilgrimage

Inspired by one of the English language's seminal works, 24 modern-day pilgrims – including two from China and one from Bermuda – braved piercing April 'shoures' to undertake a full-scale re-enactment Chaucer's masterpiece, acting out the tales as they travelled on foot to Canterbury in aid of the …

Why Jane Austen enchants us to this day

Great novels do not need a backdrop of emotional disaster – four families in a village will do the trick<p>"People love Jane Austen even though those books are absurd to us because we like the clarity of it; we can see very clearly what Elizabeth Bennet has to overcome, what she has to deal with.” So …

Jane Austen

Medieval chivalry wasn't just knights and valor - Futurity

A "romantic haze" from the 19th century clouds our understanding of medieval chivalry, according to historian Richard Kaeuper.

European Travel

Nearly 1,000 Years Old, the Bayeux Tapestry is An Epic Tale and Medieval Masterpiece

The ancient Bayeux Tapestry, famous for its epic representation of medieval history, is a long, vividly embroidered cloth stretching hundreds of …

Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses – the Elizabethan era’s Game of Thrones

Royalty, revolution, adultery ... Trevor Nunn explains what motivated him to revive the great Shakespearean trilogy of The Wars of the Roses: the first box set<p>On day one of rehearsals, and in a crowd-pleasing attempt to explain to my company of actors just what it was that we were taking on, I told …

William Blake’s Breathtaking Drawings for Dante’s Divine Comedy, Over Which He Labored Until His Dying Day

It is not uncommon for great artists to bring literary classics to pictorial life, from Picasso’s 1934 drawings for a naughty ancient Greek comedy to Matisse’s 1935 etchings for <i>Ulysses</i> to Salvador Dalí’s prolific illustrations for <i>Don Quixote</i> in 1946, the essays of Montaigne in 1947, <i>Alice in</i> …

The Love of Life: Reading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Close to Home

by J J Cohen<br>Below, my paper for the recent (and wonderful) Oecologies conference, "Engaging the World, From Here." My deepest gratitude to Vin …

Literature

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If you don’t have video in your content mix, you’re missing out. It’s simpler to make than ever, ...<p>November 1, 2017<p>Want to know how to make …

10 Blood-Curdling Facts About Dracula

Dracula needs no introduction, but we’ll give him one anyway: Bram Stoker’s vampire, a Transylvanian count who turns into a bat, sleeps in coffins, …

The Viking Diaspora

Diaspora is a concept, which carries with it a sense of displacement of people. A new book by Judith Jesch explores the way in which this concept …

Archaeology

Celts – Art and Identity

“There never was a single pan-European ancient people called the Celts; there was no single culture; there was no single language”. This is the …

British Museum

Shakespeare's evolving attitudes towards women

<b>If you could take on the role of one woman from Shakespeare's plays, who would it be?</b><p>Perhaps the passionate Juliet appeals, a hormone-addled adolescent whom love transforms into a full-blooded woman aware of her sexuality and not afraid to express it.<p>Could some situations at work call for the …

Top 10 lines from Shakespeare's books

On the day of his demise, let's pay homage to him by revisiting some of his best written, thought provoking lines.

New Delhi

13 everyday phrases that actually came from Shakespeare

Whether you're a fan or not, you probably use many of his phrases on a regular basis — 451 years later.<p>We created a list of 13 popular sayings The Bard coined. In fact, we say or write some of them so often they've become clichés.<p><b>1. "Green-eyed monster"</b><p>Meaning: jealousy.<p>In "Othello," Iago describes …

Literature

Why, and how, we should read Shakespeare today

Thursday is<p>William Shakespeare's 451st birthday and the 399th anniversary of his passing -- April 23 being the generally accepted date of the Bard's birth in 1564 and his death in 1616. Thus does 2015 fall between the cracks in the Shakespearean calendar.<p>Still, there's no reason not to honor …

Literature

What Kind of Novels Did Shakespeare Write?

In October, the publisher Hogarth rolled out the first in its ambitious new line of Shakespeare plays retold by contemporary novelists. The pairings are promising: Margaret Atwood, a master of ecological dystopias, will reimagine “The Tempest,” for instance, while Gillian Flynn, who knows her way …

Umberto Eco: ‘Real literature is about losers’

In his only UK public appearance to mark publication of his new novel, Numero Zero, the Italian novelist explored the nature of conspiracies and why great characters are never successful<p>• Find out more about Guardian Live events<p>Since the publication in 1980 of his first novel, The Name of the Rose, …

In pictures: Medieval women

<i>Medieval Women</i> includes 100 colour illustrations from the British Library’s extensive medieval manuscript collection, and gives detailed explanations …

British Library