They were famous, but they were human too,
Stepping out in pastel dresses, with parasols,
Manuscripts written and tucked away,
A treasure for people of many years on,
Who will walk in their footsteps
And gaze on their work, lovingly hoping
They’ll receive inspiration from the Gods that looked down
On their literary heroes – and, of course, you and I.
I took a day trip to Winchester today, and we did a lot of the touristy things like walk around the cathedral and go into the Great Hall.
I love these places because I can imagine all the people through history who have also been there. To be standing in the exact same place that Jane Austen or Henry VIII has stood is quite difficult to wrap your head around.
In the Great Hall they have the Round Table hanging up on one of the walls. If you are unfamiliar with the history of it, it was allegedly the table the King Arthur and his knights sat around. It is thought that Camelot is based on Winchester, although lots of other places in England claim to be the inspiration behind the myth.
It’s still a very impressive place and the wrought iron gates that were made to commemorate the marriage of Charles and Diana in 1981 is very Game of Thrones. Well worth a visit if you are ever in the south of England.