Today, “confession” means a specific thing, usually dealing with either religion or legal proceedings but, in the past, it involved something completely different, something
"Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties" - John Milton
In Brian Levak's Handbook, witchcraft and related issues are approached in a very original and tantalising way
Nobody actually knows where the vampire comes from. It is common knowledge that it is a typical figure of Slavic and Eastern European folklore
Leopardi, one of Italy’s most appreciated and often-quoted poets
The fear of the other and the unknown did not begin with the discovery of America
James Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner is set in the Eighteenth Century, when the Enlightenment was in full swing.
Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866) is not as famous as other nineteenth-century British writers, but his fame rests on his conversational novels: the central part
From an epistemological point of view, the nineteenth century bade defiance to long-established knowledge. Lyell and Darwin, through their geological and biological studies, questioned
Hilary Mantel manages to revive an epoch when plotting and scheming were essential components of everyday life. This holds especially true at Hampton Court,
Literary critics define him as the most important and most significant Metaphysical poet. But what does “metaphysical” really mean?
In German they call it Nachleben, the reception of a literary figure or an epoch at later stages. On April the 23rd, the whole
In the light of Shakespeare’s celebrations this year, it is opportune to review his background because the Romantic incertitude surrounding his life has given