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Orlando [DVD] [1992]
Orlando [DVD] [1992]
Dvd ~ Tilda Swinton
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the book, 23 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Orlando [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
NOt as good as the book! Used to support teaching, but ended up provoking discussion in class as the students were so disappointed with the film (all discussion good!)


The Sensuous in the Counter-Reformation Church
The Sensuous in the Counter-Reformation Church
by Marcia B. Hall
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £65.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful summary of latest research., 23 Jan. 2014
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Lively chapters by Schofield and O'Malley most appreciated, in a beautifully produced volume, far from the run of the mill post-conference text.


The Tudors - Season 4 [DVD] [2011]
The Tudors - Season 4 [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Price: £29.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gruff voiced Rhys Meyers, 15 April 2011
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Henry VIII ages disgracefully into self-justified madness brandishing a cane, and for once, the make-up department of this tongue-in-cheek series reflects the passage of time. However, the Duke of Suffolk still looks like a slightly care-worn 29 year old at his death. The pace picks up and we spend less time dwelling on the executions, which multiply, and there are delightfully original events such as Henry's 'reconciliation' with Anne of Cleves. I wish we could have been presented with more on her development, instead of the rather tedious focus on the Earl of Surrey, whose career is given undue importance (how the siege of Boulogne drags - I know that's the point but it is not very riveting). Katherine Parr is delightfully serene and coolly intellectual, and a follow up is set for her relationship with the sexy Tom Seymour. Edward Seymour and his wicked wife plot, twist and manipulate Henry's court, grasping onto power via their nephew ( a weak point - very wooden), whilst Bishop Gardiner attempts to counter their influence with ever crueller sallies against the Evangelicals. Will Somers is glimpsed from time to time - but the scene with him and Henry in a previous series remains the best written episode.
Of course this is full of inaccuracies - but it's a great way to pass an evening, and a launch point to talk about WHAT DID ACTUALLY HAPPEN!


Vintage Knitwear
Vintage Knitwear
by Marnie Fogg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, glamorous, unusual., 1 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Vintage Knitwear (Hardcover)
This book presents a new take on the history of knitwear: it is not so much concerned with techniques or folk traditions (although they are referenced) as with the role of knitwear as fashion - and I don't think that this is often considered.
Fogg shows why and how certain items of knitwear were developed, but most importantly discusses its role within the fashion houses, its key designers and models. I bought it to illustrate and inform some social history lectures and found it ideal for this purpose. It is scholarly without being dull, and allows the reader to identify where further really specialised information might be found. It would also be useful for those interested in Women's History, as the author shows how clothes helped to liberate women in the twentieth century - through their design and materials.
Unlike other books that I have for academic purposes, this is also one that I would happily give as a gift as it is packed with gorgeous photos, and really complements the other texts in the series - perfect for any vintage fashion lover/charity shop devotee.
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The Draughtman's Contract
The Draughtman's Contract
Price: £12.54

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baaaa!, 25 Jun. 2010
Chasing Sheep is best left to Shepherds; has there ever been a more original opening track title? I purchased this to use a few tracks at our wedding. One can make a very stately entrance to 'Chasing Sheep'!
Every track is perfectly evocative of the film and all of its wonderful eccentricities. Music to fantasise to.


Mamerot, Les Passages D'Outremer: A Chronicle of the Crusades
Mamerot, Les Passages D'Outremer: A Chronicle of the Crusades
by Dr. Fabrice Masanes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £99.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful facsimile, 13 Jan. 2010
Bought as a gift, I've only had a brief glance at this, but it is a beautiful product. The only drawback is the relatively small font of the translation text in volume II. The illustrations are beautiful - a gem for fans of early Valois illuminated texts. The cover for the two texts is a work of art in itself!


Vintage Handbags
Vintage Handbags
by Marnie Fogg
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth and beauty, 10 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Vintage Handbags (Hardcover)
As with Marnie Fogg's previous works, the author communicates her longstanding passion for the construction of identity and image through clothing, cut and brand. Here, she combines her knowledge of the vintage accessories market with fascinating research.This absorbing guide explores the historical relationship between women and their handbags, and explains just how handbags are constructed - and hence why we pay so much for them. Fogg details the design history of each key house - Chanel, Mulberry, Gucci (+ rarer marks) etc etc - and hints at how the handbag afficionado can distinguish a fake from a rare gem. She also describes the evolution of each iconic style, helping the reader to identify and value their own collection.
But this book is more than just a value guide - Fogg's prose captures the essence of each style, era and name, and through the handbag discusses how women have combined practicality, individualism, fashion and identity. As such, it is useful for the bargain hunter and the design student, as well as enthusiasts for all beautiful things.


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