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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. 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...
2. 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.
3. Do Not Go Gentle - Book Review
The book Do Not Go Gentle, subtitled Poems for Funerals, is a small volume (less than a hundred pages) that brings together poems about death, dying, grief and remembrance.
4. Florence Nightingale
Every May, in Westminster Abbey, a lamp is carried to the high altar to commemorate the life of Florence Nightingale, the woman whom many claim was the founder of modern nursing.
5. English Tea
Tea is a British tradition, even though tea was first discovered far, far from England. Tea first became popular in England in the seventeenth under the influence of Charles II’s Portuguese wife, Catherine of Braganza.
6. Summer Citrus Drinks
Long summer days with warm, light summer evenings are a feature in England. This article offers a few suggestions for cooling summer drinks using citrus fruits that are refreshing and easy to make.
7. Kenneth Grahame Wind In The Willows Author
The characters of Mole, Toad, Ratty and Badger are familiar to many adults who grew up with the children’s classic The Wind In The Willows. Have you read the book, seen the story on stage or screen, listened to it on the radio or read the book to your children?
8. William Tyndale
William Tyndale, born in 1494 in Gloucestershire, could see the potential of printing in bringing accessible translations of the Bible to the common man. He was born 18 years after William Caxton revolutionised the availability of books by bringing the first printing press to England.
9. Tristan and Iseult
One of our oldest stories, featuring a traingle of love similar to that of Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot, Tristan and Iseult is a simple and stirring story of power, love and magic.
10. The Royal Wedding William and Kate
29 April 2011 saw the wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William in great pageantry and splendour - a fitting tribute to our future king and queen.
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