I sent off my first piece of research work to my supervisors today. It’s about the positive representations of Mary I during her reign. A lot of the images that writers use are biblical, and a couple of ballad writers refer to her as the marigold. There is even a ‘godly Psalm’ about her, written by a Protestant. I’ve left the anti-Spanish material to one side for now, and the works by Knox that are against Mary.

I’ve now been looking at the material and my written work for so long that I can’t be entirely sure how original it is, which is a rather strange experience.

I have another Spanish exam to prepare for next week, and then I have my first supervisory panel next week. Part of me is quite looking forward to it.