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TM&tL: Part I, Chapter 2, ‘Salvage’

When Adam delved and Eve span / Who was then the gentleman? (24): The first time we heard this ditty was at the end of Wolf Hall (in Part 6, 'Supremacy'). This is taken from a sermon by John Ball, a 14th century priest who predates the better-known John Wycliffe as a reforming influence in… Continue reading TM&tL: Part I, Chapter 2, ‘Salvage’

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TM&tL: Part I, Chapter 1, ‘Wreckage (I)’

This post also includes notes to some of the front material, too.

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Wolf Hall: Notes and Recordings

Part 1 ("Across the Narrow Sea" | "Paternity" | "At Austin Friars") Playback | Notes Part 2 ("Visitation" | "An Occult History of Britain" | "Make or Mar") Playback | Notes Part 3 ("Three-Card Trick" | "Entirely Beloved Cromwell" | The Dead Complain of Their Burial") Playback | Notes Part 4 ("Arrange Your Face" | "Alas, What Shall I… Continue reading Wolf Hall: Notes and Recordings

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“In Defence of Thomas More”: A Rebuttal

A friend sent me a recent(ish) article from the Times Literary Supplement titled, "In defence of Thomas More." My quick answer is: that guy doesn't need a defense. But I put a little more work into it, and that's what follows. It's long, by the way, for those who like a warning.