About Us – 2018 Update

*The Blog is currently going a restructure and changes to it’s content and team, please keep an eye on this page for future updates*


Now here are some short introductions from the current team!

Lillian C.G: I am Lilly and I came up with the idea of a history blog in 2010. I really wanted to write about history, but about what I liked or what we didn’t cover in class. So I gathered some fellow students and started this little project. I am technically a cultural historian, with a focus on the Viking Age, and art! But I like knowing bits and pieces from all over history and the world, so often you will find me blogging about whatever I can think of – more often than not cool stuff that has nothing to do with my PhD 🙂

Alex Popović: Hello readers, I’m Alex. You’ll mostly see me writing about Viking history on this blog, as Early Medieval is my favorite period. I also enjoy looking at different forms of warfare and weaponry throughout history. I’ve been told this makes me a warfare specialist, but i still write about many other things when something takes my interest 🙂

answerellie: I am a Winchester graduate of 2016. My interests cover English and European medieval and Renaissance history covering 1100 to 1600, and my undergraduate dissertation covered King John’s Anglo-Welsh social and political alliance. I occasionally stray into the modern twentieth century but tend to focus on Medieval/Renaissance social and cultural history particularly queenship.

lauraljpotter: Hi I’m Laura, I’m a Winchester graduate of 2016 and have a Masters in Library Science but I still love my history! I contribute when I can on all manner of subjects but my main loves are on gender and social history.

Samantha: Before I joined wuhstry in 2014, I thought I knew what history I enjoyed writing about. I was always fascinated by Military History as a child, I thought that would continue well into my university studies. However since studying for my undergraduate degree in History, I have become interested in many more aspects of history. These topics include; Migration, Religion, Gender and Culture. I still like Military History but I tend to write about a variety of periods and or topics now.


Aaron Lee: “I am a single honours history student at the University of Winchester and an award-winning museum volunteer from Oxford. Despite my taste in the modern parameters of history, I am more than happy to delve into its classic, medieval and ancient realms. My interests land me with my personal assignments in the fields of 20th century action, political debacles and my local history of Oxford and her university. If you do see anything from me that deviates from this list than you know It has peaked my interest regardless!”



We will do our best to keep the blog updated with certain frequency. Feel free to post, to comment, to interact and share opinions and criticisms (seriously, please) and to share our passion.

We hope you enjoy it!

<<The W.U Hstry Team>>

15 thoughts on “About Us – 2018 Update

  1. Hi. 🙂

    I’m following now, but am finding it a little hard to navigate between topics. It’d be quite cool if you had a page listing all of the post titles or something, just to make it easy to pick out something to read. Just a suggestion. 😉

    I can see the ‘sections’ bit on the side bar, but it’d be nice to have a page with EVERYTHING on. 🙂


  2. Hi, thanks for your interesting blogs. But I miss one important aspect: were are the sources? Please give literature references, then your blogs will become even more valueble!


      1. Hi Lilian,

        I read the nice article with the title

        Women in Renaissance Portraiture
        Posted on 22/03/2015 by Alex Popović

        I didn’t find any literary references and I’m really inteested in it…

        Best regards,
        Mélanie Struik
        Leidschendam, the Netherlands


      2. Hi Melanie,

        Sorry for the late reply, but both of the editors of that article have been away on holiday all summer so I have only been able to get some info now.
        This was actually an article that we reviewed recently that has been “reblogged”, by our author Ellie (answerellie). I will give you more info regarding the sources in a little it when she gathers her notes.

        Thank you for your patience.


    1. Hi,

      Apologies for the late reply! I reviewed and reblogged the Women in Renaissance Art article (it was a challenge I had set the original author which is why I reviewed it) and I’ve unearthed some of my notes for this!

      I’ve used Taschen books a lot since they write on specific research for individual artists – from Jan Van Eyck, to Leonardo and all the greats in portraiture. Most of my focus is directed from a book by the National Gallery on Pisanello who painted for the d’Este house in Ferrara, he portrayed the typical image of an Italian female in the Renaissance period, his most famous piece is ‘Princess of the House of Este’ which is my favourite piece out of all. One author who is a must for Renaissance art in general is Evelyn Welch who wrote books such as ‘Art and Society in Italy 1350-1500’. You will find quite a few books that give good introductions to Renaissance art and women’s role but one in particular would be the Oxford History of Art series.

      I hope this helps and thanks for your query!


  3. I look forward to reading the many articles on this site.
    Currently, I am working on a long term project on the Portuguese contribution during WW1. Portugal has sadly been scapegoated by this country for nearly 100 years & blaming them for the collapse of La Lys end of the trench network during the German Spring Offensive of 1918. The Portuguese Army was 20,000 strong manning 5 1/2 miles of trench & on that fateful day they were hit by 100,000 German troops. Every since this whenever the PEF is mentioned the comment you hear is ‘oh they ran away’ well the British & French armies weren’t exactly hanging around either & no they did not run away. I find this a bit rich coming from us as we completely messed up & to cover this glaring failure the Portuguese have been blamed every since. My mission is to restore the good name of the Portuguese Army & get an acknowledgement that they did not run away but put up a brave defence while facing overwhelming odds.


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