As a medieval historian, there is very little about modern history that really captivates and intrigues me. However, a recent trip to Barcelona left me completely breath-taken after witnessing the famous Sagrada Familia. Its architecture is incredible, and doesn’t look as if it belongs to any particular era. The style almost makes the building seem naturally occurring, rather than man-made. What surprised me the most however, is the fact that construction began in the 19th century, and it remains unfinished to this day. This led me to look into the history on this incredible building, as well as further research into what makes La Sagrada Familia so spectacular. … More Gaudi’s Masterpiece
The various rituals, practices, observances and perceptions of death in the Middle Ages are well worth discussion and debate. Death is and has been a present and fascinating concern for every civilization as it is one of the universal certainties of the human experience. This fascination is heightened however in Medieval European societies where death … More Ideas Concerning Death in Medieval Culture and Society
As many of you will know Canada and parts of the United States have historical ties to France. Today, Canada recognises French as an official language along with English and the recognised native languages of Chipewyann, Cree, Gwitch’ in, Inuinnqtun, Inuktitut, Inuvialuktun, North Slavey, South Slavey and the Dogrib language. This post will explain the … More Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain-Formation of New France
Just earlier on this week, my parents and I went to see a temporary exhibition in my home town in Spain, about Georges Méliès. The exhibition was organised by LaCaixa and is going around Spain (potentially elsewhere). I found it was nicely done, although we agreed all visits could probably do with a guide – … More Méliès: Cinema Incroyable
The Spanish Civil war is seen as a dark period in Spanish history by both sides of the conflict. The Republicans vs. the Fascists. The picture of war, however, is not as simple as Republican Spain fighting for its survival against a coup but it is part of the violent and unstable Spain that existed in … More The Spanish Civil War and its legacy.
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For me one of the best things about RPGs is the way they can transport you to another time and place like nothing else. Mostly I experience this with games that are set in a favourite universe of a book, movie or videogame; things like Lord of the Rings and Star…
Today we are going to talk about something intrinsically linked with my second favourite Renaissance (Yes, you hear me correctly…) – The Carolingian Renaissance and the impact this had in the constitution of the Church. Again in the revisionist fashion of my posts-of-late, I will be re-evaluating this process, and explore it in a way … More Carolingian Church Reform? A Re-evaluation of the Renovatio of the 8th and 9th Centuries
This is my second contribution towards the effort to document the events of World War One on this blog, and another attempt at modern history, and this time I am profiling a man who preceded Adolf Hitler as president of Germany, Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg (Paul von Hindenburg to his … More A Portrait of Hindenburg
At first reluctant to join in the fighting, Romania entered the First World War in 1916, uniting with the Allies against the Central Powers. In August 1916, Romania invaded Transylvania, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Its backing on the side of the Allies can be attributed to their relationship with Russia and its … More Romania: A Fight for Territory in the First World War
As you may know, I was on holiday over in northern Portugal just this summer gone. Although this was not such a museum/site centered visit as maybe those of Denmark and Norway, and I guess that is kind of the point of what I am going to talk to you about today. For many years, … More Museum Disparity: Resources in the Heritage Industry. Examples from Portugal.