The Monty Python star was also a highly respected author on Chaucer and the writer of a series of children's history books.
Valentine's Day originated as a feast to celebrate the decapitation of a third-century Christian martyr, or perhaps two. It took a gruesome path to becoming a romantic holiday.
E L James' BDSM fantasies and Chaucer's 14th-century story raise the same age-old questions.
Old habits die hard.
The anxiety that young people are messing things up goes back centuries.
The series has divided critics: many have praised its sensitive depiction of rape and suicide, others have said it romantises taking one's own life.
One of English poetry’s most recognisable voices has been memorialised in Westminster Abbey.
What research tells us about the ripest Anglo Saxon. Parental Advisory: explicit content.
How about some fowl play this Medieval Valentine’s day?
They're rude, crude and uncouth. So what makes farts so funny?
The Refugee Tales is a modern reconstruction of Chaucer's classic pilgrimage – this time, telling the largely unspoken realities of immigration detention.
Shakespeare didn't 'lol,' but he did 'ha, ha, he.'
Do English texts stay the same over the decades because there are no good modern books? Or because the process of selecting new books is just too hard?