“Crwydro y byddo am oesoedd lawer” – Them Welsh Witches!

We have covered bits of the history of witchcraft here in W.U Hstry, but there is always more stuff to dig up, obviously. So it happens I’ve recently come across something written by Owen Davies (University of Hertfordshire) regarding witch trials in Wales. I was incredibly surprise to find out that there have only been … More “Crwydro y byddo am oesoedd lawer” – Them Welsh Witches!

Roman Rocks in Mathematics and Medicine

If you go around asking random strangers in a clandestine political gathering what have the Romans ever done for us? they’ll probably answer with the aqueducts, irrigation, sanitation, roads, etc.. They’re quite right for saying so. Anyone willing to deny the Romans these achievements is simply being blasphemous, and in Roman times that deserves a … More Roman Rocks in Mathematics and Medicine

Candaules’ wife: What strong women mean in Herodotus’ Histories

  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

The Evolution of European Sword Design – From the Romans to Normans

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

Hideous Visitor Attitudes Learnt and Experienced from Working in the Heritage Industry

  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