Tuesday, September 30, 2008

1066 And All That

Every Tuesday afternoon I have an hour of conversation with my longest running student. She’s a retired history and geography teacher (history and geography are taught together in France). We always have plenty to talk about; the news, history, geography, Google, families, women, literature, religion… we discuss everything.

For several months now we have been reading '1066 And All That' when we’ve finished the round up of our weeks.. I’ve read it a couple of times in the past and now I have the insight of a history teacher and Latin scholar, who came first in her year at La Sorbonne (but there wasn’t another university in those days she modestly claims). She sees a lot of humour that I missed and sometimes I have to explain things to her. We’re on the War of the Roses* at the moment. Unfortunately I can never remmber which colour was which so I have homework to do before our next lesson….

If you’ve never read '1066 And All That' I strongly recommend it.

*The Wars of the Roses 1455 - 1487 : Lancaster; red. York; white


fineartist said...

It sounds like you are one heck of a fabulous teacher, not many teachers spend their own time with students!

Rock on with your bad self Anji
xx, Lori

Anji said...

She does pay for the conversation as it happens. I love those lessons, all we do is ... talk!

Dru Marland said...

I was born in Yorkshire, although my family came from Lancashire. And then they changed the border, apparently.

It's much easier to get hold of red roses than white ones, you know, though I don't know if the same is true in florists in Yorkshire

Anji said...

Dru: I wonder... I also wonder if anyone has managed to breed a white and red rose yet.

Anji said...

A red and white rose