March is coming to an end, my fellow readers–how is your TBR Challenge progressing?
This has been a tough month for me. I left my teaching career behind and have gone into business for myself as a copy editor. Leaving the classroom was an immense relief, and I don’t regret it for a minute. But self-employment is scary, especially since I’m just beginning to build a client base. March has also been a month of changing weather, so it’s migraine season once again for me. Combine those two things, and you get little reading time for Cora.
On the bright side, my To Be Watched lists have begun to shrink. While reading and close work have been difficult with migraine symptoms, watching historical movies and TV shows has been a nice way to pass the time (a bigger screen, farther away is less work for my eyes, and much more comfortable to my poor head). My favorite so far? A toss up between the 2009 adaptation of Emma with Jonny Lee Miller and Romola Garai, and The Hollow Crown series with Jeremy Irons as Henry IV and Tom Hiddleston as Henry V.
March 23, 1775: Patrick Henry delivers his famous “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” speech at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia.
March 24, 1707: The Acts of Union 1707 is signed, officially uniting the Kingdoms of England and Scotland to create the Kingdom of Great Britain.
March 25, 1811: Percy Bysshe Shelley is expelled from the University of Oxford for publishing the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism.
March 26, 1812: An earthquake destroys Caracas, Venezuela.
March 27, 1854: The United Kingdom declares war on Russia, entering the Crimean War.
March 28, 1809: Heinrich Wilhelm Mattaus Olbers discovers 2 Pallas, the second asteroid known to man.
March 29, 1849: The United Kingdom annexes the Punjab.
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
–Marcus Tullius Cicero
Andrew Marvell, Christopher Marlowe, E. E. Cummings, Edgar Allan Poe, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, George Eliot, John Keats, Lord Byron, Lord Tennyson, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Richard Armitage, Robert Browning, William Shakespeare
Our Favorite this week is 22 minutes of bliss. Richard Armitage has brought his beautiful voice to the audiobook world once again in Classic Love Poems, including work by Regency favorites Keats, Byron, and Shelley. You can find this collection on Audible in the US and UK.
Here’s the full list of poems:
- “How do I love thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
- “Sonnet 116″ by William Shakespeare
- “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe
- “To Be One with Each Other” by George Eliot
- “Maud” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
- “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell
- “Bright Star” by John Keats
- “Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
- “Meeting at Night” by Robert Browning
- “The Dream” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
- “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe
- “I carry your heart” by e. e. cummings
- “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron
- “Give All to Love” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
March 16, 1815: Prince Willem of the House of Orange-Nassau proclaims himself King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, the first constitutional monarch in the Netherlands.
March 17, 1805: The Italian Republic (with Napoleon as president) becomes the Kingdom of Italy (with Napoleon as King).
March 18, 1834: Six farm laborers from Tolpuddle, Dorset, England are sentenced to be transported to Australia for forming a trade union.
March 19, 1812: The Spanish Constitution of 1812 is established by Spain’s first national sovereign assembly.
March 20, 1815: Napoleon enters Paris with 140,000 regular troops and approximately 200,000 volunteers, beginning his Hundred Days.
March 21, 1801: The Battle of Alexandria is fought between British and French forces near the ruins of the Nicopolis in Egypt.
March 22, 1809: Charles XIII succeeds Gustav IV Adolf to the Swedish throne.
If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
This week’s Favorite is not for the faint of heart–nor for the weak of mind. It’s an article I came across while doing some research into Regency-era medicine, appearing in the journal Medical Humanities. Jane Austen’s health problems and death at age 41 are most often attributed to Addison’s disease. This article, however, lays out a rather compelling case that the ailment she suffered from was in fact Hodgkin’s disease. It’s a bit dense with medical terminology, so you’ll need your brain at full power. But if you’ve watched enough episodes of House you should be able to get through it ;-)
You can find the full text of the article here.