The White Conker

'Eleanor!' cried my daughter, rushing up to an ancient oak, whose girth is a metre wide. 'It's been so long since I've seen you!' It used to be that she would spend every school day playing in one of the only remaining pockets of original oak forest in Ireland. She and her companions had genuine … Continue reading The White Conker

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Sovereignty

What is it that women most desire? This has been the central puzzle of many tales and legends throughout the ages. Geoffrey Chaucer allocates the question to The Wife of Bath on her medieval pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral. In her prologue, The Wife introduces herself as a woman who has been married five times. She … Continue reading Sovereignty