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The Monstrous Regiment of Women (2)

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Sunday, 20 September 2020
In my last blog I referred to the Protestant reformer John Knox’s objections to Queen Mary’s rule over Tudor England. In his opinion she was unfit to rule, simply because she was a woman. Sovereignty by a female monarch was  ‘monstrous regiment’ – unnatural rule – because women, in his opinion, lack...

The Monstrous Regiment of Women

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Wednesday, 16 September 2020
The Latinate phrase ‘monstruous regiment’ means ‘unnatural rule’, and in a highly misogynistic pamphlet in 1558 the Scottish Protestant reformer, John Knox, argued that the idea of women ruling (he was thinking specifically of the Catholic queen, Mary Tudor, at the time) goes against the laws of God...

What’s a Palaver?

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Sunday, 13 September 2020
If I talk about something being a palaver, I mean it is an unnecessarily troublesome, tiresome, or tedious activity. Filling in most application forms these days is usually a bit of a palaver, or queuing at the Post Office counter, Airport check-in etc. (This was before Covid-19 hit, since when pati...

The Power of the Story teller

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Sunday, 06 September 2020
Michael Morpurgo is a celebrated children’s writer. He is also, not surprisingly, a champion for the art of storytelling. As a small boy he remembers listening to stories and poems that his mother read to him daily. She was an actress, and told stories rather well, but it is a skill almost any paren...

Have you been threatened by a full stop recently?

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Sunday, 30 August 2020
That language is a live entity and constantly evolving has been a recurring topic on this blog. In some contexts it moves at a giddying speed that only the groups in the know can keep up with. Text speech, for example. I think I may be outing myself as a ‘boomer’ here, but there was a time when I be...

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