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After 25 years my bed is his...

Husband found me open courses from Yale-- early modern England (Tudors and Stuarts,) and epidemics of the modern age! He knows just what I need/like. He is not asking me to be interested in something else,(like his mother, who said once that I was at fault for not sewing up cute little crafts to sell.) He is totally happy for me to wallow around in bacteria and men with swords and no underwear. I feel a lump-throated gladness that he does not try to change me, he just quietly points it out when he sees something I will like.

  I won't get any sort of credit, but I can learn stuff! All the lectures are on Utube.

He is taking an open course in organic chem. He has a real credit course in the same coming up here locally, (night school,) and he figures that if he watches the Yale lectures he will have a kind of head start. That is the hope, anyway.

Evenings are interesting here-- we get quite animated about the things we are finding out, and try to explain them, to each other and the kids. He has to use props. I flatter myself that my explanations are more... human.

Of course I am hoping to get ideas and underpinnings for my Marlowe story. It is tempting with him to think that because some parts of his life still resonate, that it was really not that remote and alien. I have to remind myself quite vigorously, that it felt/smelled/sounded like nothing I have ever known.There were no public libraries, no upholstered furniture, nobody had invented the sandwich..(I am devoted to eating a sandwich on the sofa while reading a book!) And .there was no concept that people were equal to each other down underneath somewhere.

Of course you guys know all that. I am just saying I have to remind myself, and hard. I hope this course will help.

I am still doing the Spanish-- just nothing weird lately.

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kcwarwick
Jul. 24th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
The course sounds great - I would love to do something like that and really know about the Elizabethan Age, rather than skimming along just touching the surface. Your husband sounds great too!
eglantine_br
Jul. 25th, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
Prove a Villain is one of my favorites. It seems very real to me, and the motivations that Hugh and Kit and Barnaby have seem very individual to them, and just right. Your Marlowe is a good man, I can tell. That is the way I see him too.

I wish there were more books about Kyd. (In a way he is easier-- all we have is a framework of facts, a play or two, and an early death. So anyone writing about him can invent freely.
kcwarwick
Jul. 25th, 2013 04:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I feel that he is good too - though probably at times difficult to live with!
eglantine_br
Jul. 25th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
Yes. The back of my mind is noodling with a stand alone story of Kit as a teen. I cannot imagine that that was an easy part of his life. I have a feeling he kept quite a lot to himself.
ba1126
Jul. 25th, 2013 12:37 am (UTC)
A husband like that is worth his weight in Gold!! You are a lucky woman!

I've read a series of mysteries set in Cambridge, England with a physician as the 'hero'. He casually mentions the 'off' taste of the meat he eats, the stink of the offal, chamber pot contents and garbage which line the streets, and the horror of the Plague. I believe they are set in the 13th. century.
eglantine_br
Jul. 25th, 2013 01:05 am (UTC)
I think they were pretty aware of the importance of clean food, and keeping it away from sewage. They just could only do so much. They tried to put everything into the rivers to be 'carried away.' Not so good for the people downstream.

wellinghall
Jul. 25th, 2013 08:48 am (UTC)
You might want to read Connie Willis' Doomsday Book - a time traveller from our near future goes back to C14 England.
eglantine_br
Jul. 25th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
Oh-- I know that book! It is one of my favorite books ever! I would give a great deal to get sent somewhere like Kivrin. (Maybe not 1348 though!
wellinghall
Jul. 25th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, maybe not ... and maybe not the Blitz, either ...
lunasariel
Jul. 25th, 2013 05:33 am (UTC)
Your husband sounds like a pretty awesome guy! I've always thought that it's not strictly necessary for couples to be geeks about the same stuff, just willing to listen to and/or get excited about each other's areas of interest.

LOL, it *is* hard to try to imagine a world without sandwiches! Or, y'know, germ theory and universal suffrage and stuff, but mostly sandwiches. *is typing in between bites of a ham sandwich*
charliecochrane
Jul. 25th, 2013 10:14 am (UTC)
Have you looked at the UK Open University? They may have some stuff, too.
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