The British Invasion

Just want to start this out first by saying I’m proud to be an American.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I am an Anglophile. I love all things British. If you’ve known me for at least six months, then you know that I have a soft spot for anything from the other side. .

Even though my focus for my history degrees were in American history, my absolute favorite history class was the one I took in British history. Actually I probably would have focused more on British history had my colleges offered more classes. Now I’m not a big fan of the rest of European history. I can’t remember most of the French, Spanish, German, etc. history that I studied. But British history, with all of its kings, battles, and culture? This is how I feel about that:

I’ve talked about some of my favorite British interests on my blog:

The Beatles

Tom Hiddleston

Doctor Who

But there are SO MANY MORE. Harry Potter, James Bond, Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Jane Austen, Lewis & Tolkien, Shakespeare, etc. My favorite actors are all British: Kate Winslet, Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, etc. Basically if it’s on Masterpiece Theater or was shown on BBC, I’ll probably enjoy it. The best done Marvel Cinematic Universe movie? Captain America: The First Avenger. Why? History and British people + comic book superheroes = BEST IDEA EVER.

It is on my bucket list to go to England one day. I do want to visit the rest of the United Kingdom, but I definitely need/want/must go to England before I die. I don’t think I could see everything in just a few days. Maybe I could move there for a year or so.

British accents are awesome. I love listening to audio books read by a British speaker all day.

And while I know how some people feel about the idea of a constitutional monarchy and I’m fully glad that the US won its independence from Great Britain, I do absolutely love learning about the British Royal Family. And Prince Harry is still available. One can dream. And perhaps write a future fangirling post.

I’m not even really going into everything that I enjoy about Britain right now because it would be too much for you. I just know that it’s a fascinating country, with a rich history, heritage, and culture that I really enjoy.

I know I’m not the only one here. What are some of you favorite British things?


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