Pretty Witty Nell: Our Lady of Laughter

Pretty Witty Nell: Our Lady of Laughter

Of a great heroine I mean to tell, And by what just degrees her titles swell, To Mrs Nelly grown, from cinder Nell. ~ Anonymous: A Panegyric on Mrs Nelly (17th century) There’s something about Nelly …. For centuries, Nell Gwynne has captured hearts and minds. What was...
A Grace for Books: Mindful Reading

A Grace for Books: Mindful Reading

‘Why have we no grace for books, those spiritual repasts – a grace before Milton – a grace before Shakespeare – a devotional exercise proper to be said before reading the Faeire Queen?’ ~ Charles Lamb Of late I’ve been thinking about how we read. It has...