Sunday, February 15, 2015

BW7: She Walks In Beauty

Lord Byron by Richard Westall 1813

She Walks In Beauty 


She walks in beauty, like the night
   Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
   Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
   Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
   Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
   Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
   How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
   So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
   But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
   A heart whose love is innocent!


 History of the Medieval World - Part Two - Fractures
Chapter 9 Excommunicated (Pp 63 - 71) 


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  1. For week 7 I indulged my love of historical fiction and read two novels by Suzannah Dunn. Her latest, 'The May Bride' explores the scandal which rocked the Seymour family long before Jane caught the eye of Henry VIII and became his third queen. 'The Queen of Subtleties' clearly intertwines the stories of Anne Boleyn and Lucy Cornwallis, the King's confectioner (an actual historical character, although her name and position at court are all that are recorded.) I loved both books, especially the way Dunn weaves her tales around actual historical facts and also the wealth of domestic detail which gives us such a clear picture of everyday Tudor life.

  2. I finally got round to reading Emma by Alexander McCall Smith, a re write of the classic novel by Jane Austen. I have reviewed it in my blog.


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