Reflections

Trollope’s Palliser Novels

Anthony Trollope’s series of Palliser novels, also known as the “Parliamentary Novels”, is an epic saga which charts the story of the relationship between the wealthy aristocrat and Liberal politician Plantagenet Palliser and his wife, the headstrong and mischievous Lady… Read More ›

Ghost Stories for Christmas

What is it about the festive period that encourages British people to entertain themselves with ghosts? The tradition of spectral tales at Christmas developed in the Victorian era, and persists with twentieth-century television adaptations of supernatural stories. Charles Dickens, as editor of Household Words and All… Read More ›

William Stukeley’s Stonehenge

  The  evocative image above  is one of the many beautifully detailed drawings of Stonehenge made by William Stukeley, born on this day (7th November) in 1687.  Stukeley was an antiquary, natural philosopher and arguably “Father of British Archaeology”, and this illustration  appears in his seminal and… Read More ›

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