Posts from 14th December 2006

Dec 06

Lollard extra!

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Due to time constraints my Nansen-eulogising on Tuesday’s radio show was cruelly cut short, so I thought I would expand upon the story here. The BBC4 documentary Voyages of Discovery I saw last week centred largely on Nansen’s adventures in the Fram (as you might expect from the show’s title), but I was intrigued to learn of the god-like status thrust upon Nansen by the Norwegian public before he had even set sail in her. Despite his failure to actually reach the pole, upon his return the Norwegians clamoured for him to become president (the staunchly-monarchist Nansen refused), and here is why: