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Writing medieval women’s lives: the case of Katherine Swynford, Lady of Kettlethorpe (and Duchess of Lancaster)

Tomb of Katherine Swynford, Lincoln Cathedral (photo credit: Nick Thomas, 2016) Few topics are as challenging and yet ultimately rewarding for writers than writing stories about the lives of medieval women. Not only was the period particularly muscular...
From: renaissanceissues on 23 Dec 2016

The contemporary Western view of Manchu China: Edmund Backhouse and J.O.P.Bland’s China under the Empress Dowager (1910)

#505925297 / My reading over the last few weeks has been very much focussed on a number of accounts dealing with the last- and arguably greatest- of the Manchu Empress Dowager, Cixi, or Tzu Hsi (1835-1908). Tzu-Hsi is a fascinating figure...
From: renaissanceissues on 14 Jan 2015

Jung Chang’s Memories of Twentieth Century China: From the Dowager Empress Cixi to Wild Swans

A recent work trip to China, to visit the University of Nottingham’s campus at Ningbo, has had some possibly quite unexpected side effects. As a child, I was fascinated by anything and everything to do with Marco Polo, the idea of long- distance...
From: renaissanceissues on 17 Aug 2014

On the Yangtze: a review of Simon Winchester’s The River at the Centre of the World

I returned to this book after a recent work trip to China and Malaysia, and without any question or doubt, got much more out of this book on my second reading because of having some recognisable points of reference to Winchester’s narrative, notably...
From: renaissanceissues on 27 Jul 2014

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