1556 edition of the Magna Carta, estimate £800-£1,200. Pictures: Newman Associates PR Archant One of the earliest printed editions of the Magna Carta is to go under the hammer in Norfolk. 1846 edition of John Milton's ‘Paradise Lost’, illustrated by John Martin, estimate £1,500-£2,000. Pictures: Newman Associates PRThe rare Elizabethan legal text will be auctioned as part of a two-day book sale at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers in Aylsham.The 1556 book, published during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, puts the 13th century charter into the context of Tudor law, reflecting an upsurge in interest in the document in the 16th century following the Wars of the Roses. Both Henry VII and Henry VIII sought to emphasise the illegitimacy of any sort of rebellion against royal power.The Magna Carta, a charter of rights, was signed in 1215 at Runnymede by King John in an attempt to make peace between the crown and rebel barons. Four copies of the original document are … [Read more...] about Rare Tudor copy of Magna Carta under the hammer in Norfolk
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By Dominic Cavendish, Comedy Critic 2:10PM BST 14 Jun 2013 Follow "It was a great lesson in vanity and egotism,” says veteran producer John Lloyd, looking back on The Black Adder, the first series of what became simply Blackadder. June 15, 2013, brings the 30th anniversary of the first episode’s broadcast on BBC One. History, the fabric of which Blackadder draws from, however tongue-in-cheekily, has started to weave the show into its own tapestry. And yet it’s worth remembering how narrowly Blackadder avoided being trampled underfoot in the onward march of televisual endeavour. Lloyd – one of Britain’s most successful producers of comedy on radio and television, responsible for Spitting Image and QI, among much else – has previously admitted to the angst, setbacks and accidental saving graces that went into the programme’s DNA. Yet when I catch up with him, he’s more than usually emphatic about how deficient those early episodes … [Read more...] about Blackadder: how the cunning plan worked
PUBLISHED: 10:23 23 March 2019 | UPDATED: 19:06 25 March 2019 Andrew Clarke Is Four Weddings and a Funeral Britain's greatest film? Kristin Scott Thomas, Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Simon Callow, John Hannah, Charlotte Coleman, James Fleet star in this slice of 1990s life. Picture: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. What makes a great British film? Something that captures the essence of the British character or sense of humour. Which of these Great British Films have you seen? Joseph Fiennes is Britain's greatest playwright Will Shakespeare in the romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love Photo: UniversalFor me, a great British film is one you can return to time and again and gain comfort from the fact that the film remains as good (if not better) as the last time you saw it.The list was designed to embrace great movies from throughout a century of film-making but looking at the list after I had compiled it, I was surprised at how many comparatively modern … [Read more...] about Great British Movies: Is your favourite on our list?
PUBLISHED: 08:04 14 January 2019 Rowan Mantell Elizabethan Kirstead Hall. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Archant Owners of some of the most remarkable homes in East Anglia share their halls, farmhouses, moated manors or towers with visitors as part of Invitation to View 2019. They are the houses you glimpse beyond high hedges, down long driveways or across parkland, the kind of place you might imagine you could only visit if you were dripping with titles – or delivering the groceries. But owners of some of these fascinating homes are inviting you in.The Invitation to View programme began with a handful of grand homes in Suffolk, and then expanded into Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. This year it features houses from Cornwall to Yorkshire. where people can book visits without being part of a group – and are usually shown around by the owners. Not all the houses are enormous, there are farmhouses, a former pub and even an extraordinary council house in … [Read more...] about See inside some of the grandest family homes in Norfolk and Suffolk
Nostalgia PUBLISHED: 19:00 28 December 2018 Steve Russell Colchester has changed hugely since Joe Neal's childhood in the late 1940s and during the 1950s. This view is from 2010. 'I remember Colchester as it was before all those one-way systems and when everyone seemed to know each other when walking down the street, with Jumbo visible from all directions,' he says Picture: NICK STRUGNELL Writer Joe Neal on the lost treasures of Colchester, saving newts from the bulldozers and why ‘if you don’t love enough, you’ll always regret it’. Oh - and why Brexit’s crucial Joe Neal in his garden in Ireland. 'I had many friends in Colchester and played for Colchester Rugby Club. I still return from time to time and attend the Endsleighans reunions each year' Picture: JOE NEAL“Six things I most remember about Colchester? The good old North-East Essex accent, which seems to have been replaced by one from Romford and East … [Read more...] about Colchester today? Where does everybody park!