Ration Book Diet: Lamb and Aubergine Stir Fry

October has arrived and the evenings are starting to grow cooler, so we thought we would try the Lamb and Aubergine stir fry from The Ration Book Diet. Read more to find out how we got on, or click here … Continue reading

Did Alexander The Great’s Subjects Believe He Was A God?

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Alexander the Great (born 356 BC) was king of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and one of the most successful military commanders in history. He succeeded his father, Philip II, at the age of just…

Ration Book Recipe: Baked Sweet Potato and Honey

The first recipe I decided to try from the Ration Book Diet (see my review here) was, of course, the Sweet Potato and Honey winter dish. The original recipe would have had regular potatoes rather than the sweet variety, so … Continue reading

10 Things You Might Not Know About The Titanic

It seems safe to say that most people in the Western world have heard of the RMS Titanic – namely due to a little movie called ‘TITANIC’, that grossed nearly $2.2 billion at the box office and saw women the world … Continue reading

The Timeless Appeal of the ‘Star-Crossed Lovers’ Trope

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, to be ‘star-crossed’ is to be ‘thwarted by bad luck’.

 Star-crossed lovers are two people (normally young) who experience love at first sight, but their relationship is threatened by forces outside of their control.

The most famous ‘star-crossed lovers’ of all time are almost certainly Romeo and Juliet, from William Shakespeare’s play of the same name. In fact, the phrase ‘star-crossed lovers’ was even coined by Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet (1597).

However, while Romeo and Juliet might be the most iconic star-crossed lovers, they were actually not the first…

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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How Feminism Saved A (Fictional) Life

Over the weekend I watched the director’s cut of one of my old favourites; ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ (1992). (Who doesn’t love Daniel Day Lewis?!) However historically accurate in setting, costume and dialogue, Michael Mann’s film is actually very different to the novel upon which it is based…the-last-of-the-mohicans-original  [Spoilers ahead]

In the film, the brave, intelligent and charismatic Cora Munro falls in love with the scout Hawk-eye (also known as Nathaniel), much to the disappointment of Major Duncan Hayward, who wanted her for his wife. Her meek, juvenile sister Alice has a largely off-screen, never fully realised romantic relationship with the Native American Indian Uncas, who ultimately loses his life trying to save her from the villainous Magua. After Uncas’ death, and fearing life as Magua’s wife, Alice takes her own life.

In James Fenimore Cooper’s novel of the same name, first published in 1826, it is Alice who is desired by Duncan – and even ends up marrying him – while Cora is doomed to the tragic love affair with Uncas instead. And poor Day Lewis’ Hawk-eye enjoys no romance whatsoever. Cora’s changing fate is the result of changing attitudes towards women between the time the novel was set (1757) and written (1826), and the time the film was made (1992).

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Letters From History: Anne Boleyn to Henry, 6th May 1536

Thirteen days before her execution, Anne Boleyn is believed to have written this letter to her husband, King Henry VIII of England. While the authenticity of this letter is still up for debate, the passion and personality of the writing certainly suggests it could have been written by Anne. Contemporaries noted with awe (and perhaps a little horror) how she was not afraid to stand up to the King. While this undoubtedly originally drew Henry to her, it was also something he soon grew tired of when she was unable to provide him with a male heir. It’s no wonder, really, that Henry’s next wife was the meek and mild Jane Seymore, as far removed from the feisty Anne as you could possibly get.

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