Category Archives: United Kingdom

Give Me Back My Name

A subject I’ve sometimes seen come up on Dragon Quest fan communities is that of the names in DQ2. You give the hero, the Prince of Midenhall, whatever name you want, and that somehow determines the names of your companions, … Continue reading

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Lullay, Thou Little Tiny Child

Beth has mentioned to me that she really likes the Coventry Carol, which I can’t say I was particularly familiar with. It’s a very bleak sort of song, which makes sense considering what it’s about. But we both know it … Continue reading

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Cole Mining

While we know that Old King Cole was a merry old soul with a love for music, whether he actually existed is a matter of some debate. There are records of a few different British rulers named Coel, dating back … Continue reading

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It’s a Round, Round Table

We all know about the Knights of the Round Table, King Arthur’s fierce warriors, initiators of chivalry, hunters of the Holy Grail, and able to take out Sephiroth with no trouble at all. But did the Knights really exist? I … Continue reading

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Merlin Makes It Magic

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s long been fascinated by the character of Merlin, the wizard who’s appeared in various media as everything from a vat-dyed villain to a kindly old man. I’d have to say my favorite … Continue reading

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Angling Toward Anglicanism

We’ve been looking in previous weeks about how Protestantism took hold in various European nations, but I think England might be the only case where it was instituted by a king, and for personal reasons at that. The monarch in … Continue reading

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Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knox

In the past few weeks, I’ve looked at some of the major Protestant reformers on the European continent, but the British Isles remain to be addressed. The story of how King Henry VIII split with the Catholic Church for personal … Continue reading

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Talk Like a King, My Son

The King’s Speech – I hadn’t originally intended to watch this movie, but my mom had received tickets from her work for agreeing to work on Christmas, so we went to see it today. I didn’t really know anything about … Continue reading

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