May. 20th, 2007

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I know, I know, I should just stop watching the show seeing how it irks me. And I would, but the pretty people lure me back every time. Also I think Catherine of Aragon owns just about everyone else and I do quite madly love her and her dark, sombre garb. If only she and Thomas More would run off together and have lovely babies in some new world my life would be complete. But, alas, the bitter weight of history is against me. Though it doesn't stop my alternative version of it where this happens and everyone live happily ever after. Except the Boleyns. And pretty much the rest of the English Court who die in some attack of the sweating sickness leaving the Irish to take over the British Isles.

So tonight* in the continuing adventures of Henry VIII, the Incredibly Stupid, we had Henry take a full 60 seconds to understand a courtier saying 'omnia vincet amor' - love conquers all. And even then he sort of mistranslated it. For the love of all that is good and holy, in this period pretty much 90% of one's education was spent on Latin and thus anyone who could not translate a 3 WORD LATIN SENTENCE would have to have been dropped on his head a lot as a baby. It reminds me of that student who managed to graduate Eton in the mid 19th century not understanding a word of Latin. That sort of ignorance takes real dedication because they weren't actually doing much else other than classics from about the age of 8 on.

* I get this on in demand so I'm up to episode 9, which might be ahead of the regular broadcast schedule.

ETA: I have been watching the Korean drama 'Lovers' but am strangely annoyed by the apparently hard and fast rule that the hero/heroine of every Korean drama must spend 75% of episodes 13-18 in tears or looking longingly at each other. Also the horrific outfits of the female lead have wounded my soul. No wonder she is so weepy: I would be too if I had to wear those horrific insults to fashion.


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