Saturday, October 14, 2006
To this book yesterday .You might be thinking "the mad fool can hardly knit lace" .I know but the one on the front looks easy and the long version Holly has decided she wants as a Wedding coat as she wants a winter wedding.
We also spotted a boxed set of an old B.B.C series called "By the Sword Divided" about The English civil war .It must have been made in the 1970's so looked like "Upstairs ,Downstairs" meets "Blackadder" . It wasn't too bad so we watched five solid hours .At least they tried hard to deal with families who were divided by being on opposite sides to each other ..not something so likely in The American civil war I suppose ? We could only recognised one actor who also has played Sherlock Holmes .The actor playing Rupert kept letting his German accent slip ,the King had lost his Scots one .The best performance had to be the really mean Roundhead who was all New Model Army and no messing. A real meanie ...the poor Queen got the usual "Papist Whore" treatment throughout without anyone toning it down .I really hope that the entire country except The King didn't insist on calling her that . The atmosphere of the times seems to indicate that even royalists felt free to throw the expletives no matter the Queen was a Catholic . I want to get in the ring on her side and ask "how happy would you be called that you bullies". It seems worse after reading my book the poor woman ( married at 15) was terrified that a mob would break into her chapel and murder her at prayer.A feeling she felt more strongly because her father had been stabbed for being too nice to Hugenots ...sigh .Not a "win,win" situation exactly and no wonder a lot of royals come across as bonkers.Even now we have the law whereby a Monarch can't marry a Catholic ...how mad is that?
I shall finish the series today as I knit the dread "Plaid" then hunt down some "Luxury Tweed" I have to knit this "Bed-Jacket" ..cardigan to us.