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February 8th 1587: Mary, Queen of Scots executed

On this day in 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots, was executed at Fotheringhay castle aged 44. Born in 1542, Mary was the only child of King James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise. Just six days after Mary was born, James died and the infant became queen, with her mother acting as regent. Mary was initially betrothed to Edward, son of King Henry VIII of England, but her Catholic family broke off the engagement, much to the anger of the English king. Mary was instead sent to France, at the court of Henry II, and married to his son Francis. However, Francis died soon after their marriage, aged sixteen, and Mary returned to Scotland to rule. She married the Earl of Darnley, but their turbulent marriage ended in bloodshed when Darnley murdered. Mary waited just three months before marying her close adviser, the Earl of Bothwell, who was suspected of killing Darnley. The Catholic Mary had long been opposed by the nobility of predominantly Protestant Scotland, and suspicions that she was involved in her husband’s murder finally severed their relationship. Mary was forced to abdicate in July 1567 in favour of her son, James. The former queen was imprisoned, but she managed to escape and fled to England seeking the protection of her cousin, Elizabeth I. However, Mary’s claim to the English throne - as great-granddaughter of Henry VII - threatened Elizabeth, whose eligibility was questioned by those who did not recognise Henry VIII’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon and marriage to Elizabeth’s mother Anne Boleyn. Elizabeth thus decided to imprison the former Scottish queen, who was held for 19 years. English Catholics conspired for many years to assassinate Elizabeth in order to seat Mary on the throne. In 1586, Elizabeth’s spies intercepted correspondence between Mary and one of the plotters, leading Elizabeth’s advisers to convince her to have Mary tried for treason. Mary was sentenced to death, and, while initially reluctant, Elizabeth ultimately signed the death warrant and Mary was executed in February 1587. Just before her beheading, Mary removed her black dress to reveal a red dress, symbolising Catholic martyrdom. Upon Elizabeth’s death in 1603, Mary’s son James ascended to the English throne, uniting the thrones of Scotland and England. The new king had his mother’s body exhumed and buried in Westminster Abbey.

“So long as there is life in her, there is hope; so as they live in hope, we live in fear”
- Elizabeth I’s advisers

Beyonce's "Formation" and AAE in the Celebration of Blackness
As you may have heard, Beyonce is currently breaking the Internet with the incredible video that she posted Saturday afternoon. While several authors have already written thoughtful pieces about how “Formation” is an unapologetic celebration of blackness, we at Word. were impressed by how Beyonce also uses clever wordplay and African American English features in the video. While this isn’t an exhaustive list, check out Bey’s use of some well-described AAE features.

Nicole Holliday has an interesting post at Word. analyzing African American English in Beyonce’s latest song, Formation

While this isn’t an exhaustive list, check out Bey’s use of some well-described AAE features.

Zero Copula

“Ya’ll haters corny with that Illuminati mess”

In her very first line of the song, Beyonce challenges those who might attribute her success to anything other than her simply being THAT talented. And she goes so hard that she doesn’t even need an overt copula verb. She does it again in the discussion of her roots:

“My daddy Alabama, Mama Louisiana”

Here, Bey’s use of zero copula serves to further enhance the message that she is authentically a Southern black belle

(Read the whole thing.)

Word. The Online Journal on African American English also has an extensive archive of posts and is generally worth checking out. 

   Willow Bates: A recent college graduate, who works at a small cafe, and lives alone in her childhood home. Lonesome and suffocated by the tedium of working at an unfulfilling job, Willow found a quiet joy in otome games. With few friends and a non-existent love life, shes grown attached to the happiness brought by romance novels.
   We join our heroine as her mundane days are interrupted the morning she stumbles across strikingly handsome, vaguely familiar men. After a second glance, it all becomes clear: her favorite characters are now real. “Be careful what you wish for.”

Love is a Game is an otome experience that indulges the thought every visual novel fan has: ‘I wish they were real’. Characters’ flaws are addressed and balanced to form a healthy relationship, while the heroine discovers her own strengths, weaknesses and self-worth. The romantic men of otome are not always what they seem. Can this love last or will it be game over?

Check out our other characters:

Alister | Jin | Dimitri | Faust | Milo | Enzo

Loanwords of Finnish origin in English language

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Brandsby Hall for sale

  • Grade II listed
  • 43 acres
  • 10 bedrooms
  • Lots of period stabling and outbuildings
  • Stunning views
  • Lots of period features
  • Beautiful walled garden and formal landscaping
  • Mature trees and a ha-ha
  • A cottage with ¾ bedrooms
  • Some hideous modern interiors but could easily be changed!


Knight Frank

So it is Sunday and I decided to make a masterpost for college students who might be reviewing English Renaissance literature soooo…..here are a bunch of links and sites for thee to enjoy! They might help you in case you decide to give a look to this amazing period!

I checked and you don’t need a membership or anything to read the articles from this magazines or online sources



Renaissance and Early Modern Literature:

Renaissance and Early Modern Studies:


Great Books 102: Renaissance to Modern


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Please don’t apologize to me for your English!

If you are a native speaker of another language, and you’ve sent me a review or a message in English, please do not apologize for your “bad English.” Here’s the deal… I speak 9 languages total, with varying degrees of fluency. It’s hard to learn another language! It’s hard to reach out and communicate with others in a language that is not your first one. If you’ve sent me a review, a message, or an ask in English and it isn’t your first language, I’m just happy that you felt compelled to do so! Native English speakers make mistakes in the language all the time. Some native English speakers butcher the language so badly that you can hardly understand them (watch “Honey Boo Boo” for example). I have never received a language from a non-native speaker that I couldn’t understand. I appreciate the contact, and there’s no need whatsoever to apologize!

In that vein, if you are a native speaker of any of the languages I speak and you prefer to communicate with me in one of them, please feel free. I am able to read, respond, etc. in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Irish, and Scottish Gaelic.

Thank you so much to those who read and review my stories or contact me directly. Wherever you are in the world, your support is appreciated! :)