A medieval tale of family love. The present of a downy rose (a type of English rose) on marriage day represents the couple’s Tree of Life. But the Black Death of 1563 brings death and sadness. The 1563 Black Death (a bubonic plague) plague killed between a quarter and a third of all Londoners.
An over-the-top declaration of love from an older man to his younger companion. In a nineteenth century style. Oscar Wilde is the inspiration. He was arrested at the Cadogan Hotel in 1895 (in room no. 118). He was found guilty of ‘committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons’, and served two years hard labour.
Bosham Hoe is a wealthy 1930’s estate of detached family houses/mansions on the edge of the beautiful Chichester Harbour. But when the children leave home, the elderly are left alone – with their memories, isolation, and worries. So this is a tale of loneliness amongst the aged middle class.