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Here are the top ten articles for the English Culture Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Making Sense of British Currency
Not sure how to make heads or tails of British currency? Here´s a brief tutorial on British money, past and present.
2. Life in Stuart England and 1666
What was life like in Stuart England? For the rich it was comfortable but for the poor, it was a nightmare. And then there was the smell...
3. Native English Animals
Were there ever wild, dangerous animals in England? The answer is yes. Here is what they were and where they are now.
4. Common British Slang Words and Terminology
Make sure you´re ordering what you really want at restaurants, getting what you really want while shopping, and understanding what those Brits are really saying. This is a brief guide for anyone who wants to brush up on their British lingo before traveling to the UK.
5. The Six Wives of Henry VIII - Jane Seymour
Henry VIII divorced Caterhine of Aragon and beheaded Anne Boleyn. Eleven days after the execution of his second wife he married Jane Seymour.
6. The Daughter of Time - Book Review
I was given Jospehine Tey’s The Daughter of Time when I was a teenager, and have gone back to the novel over the years. I have always enjoyed quality historical fiction, and I would put The Daughter of Time close to the top of my list in this genre, although many might file the book under crime...
7. When We Were Very Young - Book Review
When We Were Very Young is a poetry book by A A Milne, author of the Winnie the Pooh stories. The book was first published in 1924, yet many of the poems are simple enough to delight children (and adults!) of today.
8. The Six Wives of Henry VIII - Catherine of Aragon
Henry VIII is best remembered for his numerous wives who between them were beheaded, divorced and died. The last bride, Kathryn Parr, was the only wife who survived her marriage with Henry. This article gives some tips for remembering the wives and looks at Henry’s first wife Catherine of Aragon.
9. Real Fast Puddings - Book Review
Real Fast Puddings by Nigel Slater concentrates on puddings which are quick and easy to make. The book focuses on seasonal recipes, many of which use fruits and thus are not very heavy or calorie-laden.
10. The Brontë Sisters
The Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne wrote some of English literature’s best loved classics including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. The sisters suffered more than their share of tragedy, and did not live to see the full fruits of their labours.
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