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Unfortunately I had classes and the whole thing started at 6AM here (we are -3 GMT) so I couldn't watch the entire ceremony, but I did manage to watch until they say the "I do" part. I wake up at 6 in the morning, any way, so I caught the transmission when they were entering the Abbey and all the pretty dresses and hats were on display. And the drive to uni was weirdly fast,; when I got there my friends were in the bar watching the transmission and let me tell you, even the one who's a very anti-monarchic communist was touched. That's how adorable everyone was. 

I loved the dress. She looked gorgeous and so, so classy. Her dress looked kind of like Grace Kelly's, don't you think? And he looked really handsome in his scarlet uniform. Also, I don't care if everyone hated the Queen's outfit. I think that when you are over 80 and the Queen of England, you honestly don't have to listen to fashion critics. 'Cause you have a crown and a bitching unicorn and a bad-ass looking lion in your coat of arms. JS. 

Anyway, I'm a sucker for weddings (I did cry when William of Orange married Maxima - of course there was some patriotic pride there -) and I'm a bigger sucker for Royal weddings because, well, because I'm like that.. 

So yeah, loved it. I hope they are happy for decades to come. 

Book Meme

Feb. 10th, 2011 07:58 pm
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Taken from  [livejournal.com profile] sir_pinkleton 

Last book that I read: The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century  by Ian Mortimer

Amazing, to be honest. It's everything that social history should be. Interesting, easy to read, well researched and surprising human. The section about the Black Death is haunting: we are used to see the Black Death in its economical/political/religious dimension and how it helped to jump-start the birth of a new era but Mortimer reminds us of the people who died, of how families (almost every family) were hit by it and I'd be lying if I say that I didn't shed a few tears. 

Book that I'm reading: The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation, also by Ian Mortimer

Right now, I'm in the middle of the plot against Mortimer (not the author, Roger, lol) and Queen Isabella and I have to say that I'm hooked. Like the previous book, Mortimer writes in an agile, interesting way, but the topic changes and so does his style. This book requires some more background knowledge (it helps knowing about Philip the Fair and the general rules of feudal loyalty, as well as the status of Normandy and Guyenne before the Hundred Years War) but it's easy to follow. As the title indicates, it puts emphasis on Edward's role as a "nation maker", which is a really interesting approach and something that is helping me to create a (very) tentative plan for my thesis. Mortimer speaks (writes) about it here: Englishness is more about Crécy than cups of tea

Book I will be reading next: I'm not sure if I'm going to read A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain (Marc Morris) or Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle (Juliet Barker). 

First of all, a cookie to anyone who can tell the running theme of my summer break reading material, lol. But I'm in a full "OMG I NEED TO THINK OF A THESIS SUBJECT AND I FEEL LIKE GOING BACK TO MY FIRST LOVE: DEAD ENGLISH KINGS, YEAH". Also, I got some extra money and, being the nerd I am, I went to Amazon to buy books and they have links to other precious things and "Frequently Buy Together" deals and I'm only human! But the important thing is that I don't know if I'll feel like going backwards and get some Longshack stuff or go forward and read about my beloved Henry V (who totally looked like K. Brannagh in my mind) and the longbows (I'm actually thinking of buying this, btw). What to do? True, chances are that as soon as classes start again I'll have to read about WWI... which may be an excuse to buy this

So yeah, books.
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I bought a new book, and a Shakespeare play, at that! Edward III has been incorporated to Shakespeare's canon and aSpanish translation was released this year. The book just hit the book stores and I had to have it. I'm still reading the prologue but I'm so damned excited about it. I mean, it's Edward III after all. 

Thank you to every one who has been there to support me and hold my hand. You are wonderful. 

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