Elizabeth I: her path to the throne

A little over 457 years ago, on the 15th January 1559, Elizabeth I was crowned the Queen of England and Ireland in Westminster Abbey. She succeeded to the throne 59 days earlier, on the 17th November 1558. That succession and coronation led to a stable monarchy lasting more than 44 years. Elizabeth’s father was Henry VIII… Read More »

A reminder about i-law

As we start another year it is an ideal opportunity to highlight some of the less well known databases and their content.  If you are used to using Lloyd’s Law Reports online then you will need no introduction to i-law but those of you who have never used it before may be a little confused,… Read More »

Decentring the Bodleian Law Library at Christmas with the help of Sokurov’s Russian Ark

My Christmas film is Russian Ark.  In one lingering ‘take’, the film leads us through the Hermitage in a series of dreamlike sequences, like the thread that guided Theseus through the labyrinth, until we arrive not at the Minotaur, but at a magnificent Romanov Ball. The film brilliantly negotiates 300 years of history as the… Read More »

Nativity Nightmares

Perhaps last weekend, with your Christmas shopping complete, you sat down to watch the film Nativity! or indeed perhaps Nativity 2 or Nativity 3.  Arguably it won’t really have mattered whether you were watching Nativity! or Nativity 2  as essentially the premise in each is the same; Primary School children, putting on a Christmas play, in difficult circumstances.  A light-hearted easy film, excellent cast and ideal for watching with children, especially… Read More »

Miracle on 34th Street

In our Law Library Christmas Films series, I have chosen Miracle on 34th Street, a seasonal classic from 1947, written and directed by George Seaton and starring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn and a very young Natalie Wood. (There is also a 1994 version with Richard Attenborough and Mara Wilson which is pretty good… Read More »