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Anne Bradstreet – American literature

By |2017-08-14T10:00:22+00:00August 14th, 2017|Literature, North America|

Anne Bradstreet Anne Bradstreet was the first person who published English poetry in North America. She sailed from England to America with her husband and her parents and other Puritans in 1630, when she was 18 years old. They lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Bradstreet wrote poems about her life, and what she thought Heaven [...]

Thirteen states – American history

By |2017-08-12T09:44:31+00:00August 12th, 2017|History, North America|

The first English settlement at Jamestown in 1607 The first European people who came to the east coast of North America, in the 1600s and 1700s, came for many different reasons, so their settlements were very different from each other. The earliest successful settlement was in Florida, in 1565 AD, when Spanish explorers founded the [...]

Miller’s Tale – Chaucer – Canterbury Tales

By |2017-08-04T07:41:32+00:00August 4th, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

A medieval carpenter works in his shop. Once there was a carpenter, who lived with his wife Alison and a student, Nicholas, who rented a room in their house. Nicholas fell in love with Alison, and she fell in love with him. But how could they spend the night together, without Alison's husband [...]

The Knight’s Tale – Chaucer – Canterbury Tales

By |2018-04-24T09:13:53+00:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Chaucer's Knight's Tale: Medieval knights in the Metropolitan Museum of Art A story about Theseus Chaucer set his Knight's Tale in ancient Greece, and it's about Theseus, the king of Athens in Greek mythology. (So we can see that these medieval people knew all about Greek mythology!). In the story, Theseus is just coming back to Athens after [...]

King John and the Magna Carta

By |2018-04-24T09:04:03+00:00August 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Prince John on a coin When Richard the Lionhearted died in 1199 AD (when he was 42), his younger brother John became king. The lords (the rich men) of England hated John. They hated him partly because John had taxed everyone so much to pay for the Third Crusade. And they also hated him because John seems [...]

Inside Reims cathedral – Nave and Transept

By |2017-07-31T09:49:52+00:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Elevation of the nave inside Reims cathedral One difference between Chartres cathedral and Reims cathedral was that at Reims they didn't build a deep gallery over the aisle. Instead, they just put in a shallow, fake gallery, that looked lighter. As at Chartres, this gallery is tiny compared to the big arches underneath. On the [...]