in memoriam Lisa Jardine

Lisa Jardine, who passed away on October 25th, was an extraordinary scholar and historian both of the Renaissance period and of English literature. In many ways, she was a role model for generations of female academics, with her mixture of wit, elegance, scholarship and friendliness, earning her the accolade of a true renaissance woman. If […]

Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

Autumn always brings Keats to mind (well, to my mind at least!). The proof that even the ordeal of the agrégation cannot destroy the joys of truly great poetry…(photograph courtesy of the British Library website) To Autumn BY JOHN KEATS 1795–1821 Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with […]