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Quintilian and L’Oréal: a commonplace book entry

This term I am teaching a series of classes on broad themes relating to the contexts of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature (e.g. Renaissance humanism, the Protestant Reformation, the Civil Wars). We are doing various fun things like listening to songs … Continue reading

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a strategic use of hats

I have recently been reading through an anthology of “newsbooks” from the English Civil Wars of the mid-seventeenth century. These are sometimes seen as the first English newspapers, in that they were the first weekly publications containing English news. However … Continue reading

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John Stott, double listening and dependency

Wednesday this past week (27th July) saw the death of the Rev John Stott at the age of 90. In 2005, Time magazine named Stott as one of the 100 most influential people in the world then living. This may … Continue reading

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stretching yourself upon the cross: a Good Friday thought from William Perkins (1558-1602)

Below is a thought I felt was fitting for Good Friday. It’s from a book by William Perkins (1558-1602), a minister in Cambridge whose life coincided almost exactly with the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Though today Perkins is not … Continue reading

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colonialism for kids (circa 1900)

I was recently serenaded by a Canadian friend with the song There’ll Always be an England. He expected me to know the words where he left off. I explained that this is the kind of patriotic song which we’re happy … Continue reading

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