Category Archives: Language and Linguistics


Alas, and thrice woe (from my point of view anyway), this is my last ever blog for the Cambridge Library Collection. I now slip away into the sunset, leaving others to ramble on (or, even better, write snappily and coherently) … Continue reading

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The Bible as History

In my nerdy childhood, one of my favourite books was The Bible as History in Pictures, which offered black-and-white illustrations (often badly reproduced, and probably from nineteenth-century originals) of ancient sites and artefacts which could be related to the biblical … Continue reading

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A List of Books Published in 1814

There’s been a general re-examination this year of the monumental events of 1914, but I thought I’d go back another century and see what was published in 1814 – at the time of  the realignment of European politics, borders and … Continue reading

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Here are the top 10 historic titles produced by the Cambridge Library Collection in July. Scroll down to vote for your favourite.

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Some Words Which Don’t Necessarily Mean What You Think They Do

Dipping into Thomas Wright’s two-volume Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English, Containing Words from the English Writers Previous to the Nineteenth Century Which are No Longer in Use, or Are Not Used in the Same Sense; and Words Which Are … Continue reading

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