2020 Just Reading: January (+ Blog House-keeping)



Completed reads for January:

  • The History of the Britons, by Nennius
  • The Annales Cambriae
  • The Life of King Alfred, by Asser
  • The Wood Beyond the World, by William Morris
  • The Life of Merlin, by Geoffrey of Monmouth
  • The History of the Kings of Britain, by Geoffrey of Monmouth
  • The Life of Gildas, by Caradoc of Llancarfan
  • The Life of Gildas, by a Monk of Rhuys
  • The Well at the World’s End (2 vols.), by William Morris
  • John Carter of Mars, by E.R. Burroughs
  • The Nicomachean Ethics, by Aristotle
  • Is Shakespeare Dead?, by Mark Twain
  • The Jew of Malta, by Christopher Marlowe
  • Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe
  • Dido, Queen of Carthage, by Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Nashe
  • The Massacre at Paris, by Christopher Marlowe
  • Lust’s Dominion, by Thomas Dekker
  • The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, by Christopher Marlowe
  • The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd, by Walter Raleigh
  • Raleigh Was Right, by William Carlos Williams
  • Hero and Leander, by Christopher Marlowe and George Chapman
  • The King of the Golden River, by John Ruskin
  • The Complete Poems and Translations, by Christopher Marlowe and Others
  • Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?, by James Shapiro
  • A Counterblaste to Tobacco, by King James I of England and VI of Scotland
  • Christopher Marlowe: A Biography, by A.L. Rowse
  • Fey Folk: A Tale from Skiathos, by Alexandros Papadiamandis
  • Shakespeare: A Life, by Park Honan
  • Politics, and the Athenian Constitution, by Aristotle
  • The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Was Lord Bacon the Author of Shakespeare’s Plays?, by William Henry Smith
  • An Account of the Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia, by William Wilkinson
  • Judgement Night: A Selection of Science Fiction, by C.L. Moore

Nennius and Asser are the Giles translations. The Annales Cambriae is Ingram’s. The Life of Merlin is Parry’s. Geoffrey’s History is Evans’. The Nicomachean Ethics is Browne’s (a 149 year old physical edition of a 2300+ year old work! No Project Gutenberg here). Fey Folk is Connolly’s. Aristotle’s Politics is Warrington’s.

Marlowe’s Complete Poems and Translations is the Penguin Classics edition, edited by Stephen Orgel. It contains Marlowe and Chapman’s Hero and Leander (not re-read), Petowe’s continuation of Hero and Leander, Marlowe’s translation of Ovid’s Elegies (Books I-III), Marlowe’s translation of Lucan’s Pharsalia (Book I), and the following poems by Marlowe and others: The Passionate Shepherd to His Love (re-read), The Nymph’s Reply by Raleigh (re-read), Another of the Same Nature Made Since by Anonymous, The Bait by John Donne, Love’s Contentment by J. Paulin, and On the Death of Sir Roger Manwood.

The Judgement Night collection contains Judgement Night, Paradise Street, Promised Land, The Code, and Heir Apparent.


Quite apart from reading, I thought I would also report on some blog house-keeping I have done this month:

  • The font has been changed and enlarged, to improve readability.
  • Quotes on older articles have been fixed.
  • Titles of older articles have been edited for clarity.
  • Categories of older articles have been updated.
  • Large paragraphs have been broken up for clarity.
  • Broken picture-links have been fixed.
  • Other non-working links are now labelled as such, with fresh alternative links now provided where possible.

Hopefully this makes a trawl through the archives easier.

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