In Herodotus’ histories, the first wife to appear in the Histories is the unnamed wife and Queen of Candaules. Her namelessness may suggest the seriousness of the crime committed against her and sanctions her to stand as a respectable woman who was subjected to ridicule and shame induced by her husband’s actions. In this episode, … More Candaules’ wife: What strong women mean in Herodotus’ Histories
This post will feature the newly opened, Battle of Britain Bunker and Visitor Centre on the former site of RAF Uxbridge in the London Borough of Hillingdon. It is the only Second World War bunker to be preserved and open available to the public. The former RAF site was sold off for a new housing … More The Battle of Britain Bunker, Uxbridge
My aim with this topic is to examine the development of European swords through the Medieval period and into the Renaissance, along the way looking at all the details that change throughout that timeframe. I also intend to look at the possible reasons behind the gradual transformations of the sword, be they caused by changes … More The Evolution of European Sword Design – From the Romans to Normans
After having worked for a long time in the heritage industry, I feel like this is something I need to share and talk about. I guess as a visitor of cultural attractions and a cultural historian with a keen eye for public history, it is something I have always been very aware of, but … More Hideous Visitor Attitudes Learnt and Experienced from Working in the Heritage Industry
Apologies for being away for so long, I’m back with a glance at at the league of Corinth, throwing in some ancient history. The league of Corinth was a federation of Greek states established by Philip II of Macedon in 338-7 BC used to unify the Greeks in peace and avenge the crimes … More At a Glance: League of Corinth, Macedon’s rise to power
I am sure by now you all know I am not the most techy person in the world, but I still find this an interesting area, particularly if it comes wrapped in a majestic, incredible woman with the smarts of a genius. Yes, I am of course talking of the only legitimate child of Lord … More The Enchantress of Numbers: Ada Lovelace
The Hindenburg disaster proved to be the downfall of commercial zeppelin travel but prior to the catastrophe zeppelin travel had been a success, an exciting and growing way to travel, particularly in the early Twentieth century. After more than thirty years of successful commercial travel on zeppelins involving tens of thousands of people, flying over … More ‘Oh, the humanity!’, The Hindenburg Disaster, 1937.
A History of our time? The forgotten founding father? Legacy, what is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see I honestly could not resist writing a piece about Hamilton. Hamilton is the 2015 musical phenomenon written by Lin Manuel Miranda and inspired by R. Chernow’s 2004 biography … More Hamilton
I find this a strange topic to do a post about on a history blog, but it is something that really stood out to me when I was trying to research the history of Masculinity (a huge topic with lots of information) and the history of generational demographic cohorts (this took me awhile too). In … More Who are we, compared to our Ancestors?
As the country was enduring a catastrophic experience and (although they did not know it yet) in the last year of The Great War, Britain and the world were about to feel the strain of a particularly violent and virulent disease that would wipe out 50 to 100 million people. The Spanish Flu epidemic first … More Micro War – The Spanish Flu Epidemic