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Thomas Medwin

Byron Swims the Hellespont

Byron felt compelled to set the record straight after it was alleged that he had swum the Hellespont the easy way.

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International Relations

A Credit to His Country

The diplomat’s task is to see the best in other peoples, not to scold them for their failings.

Extracts from Poetry

What’s in a Name?

Juliet complains that the man she loves has the wrong name, and the man she loves hears her doing it.

Extracts from Fiction

The Hare and Many Friends

John Gay reflects that in matters of friendship, quality is preferable to quantity.

Extracts from Poetry

The Beggar’s Petition

A destitute and friendless farmer, turned from the tradesman’s entrance, tries his luck at the front door.

Extracts from Fiction

An Unlikely Heroine

When she was ten, Catherine Morland showed none of the qualities needed to impress the ladies who read romantic fiction.

Extracts from Fiction


Sir Edward Leithen finds himself revising his opinion of the ‘detestable’ Koré Arabin.