The Hollow Crown series were adaptations of Shakespeare’s most famous history plays and they aired a couple of years ago on BBC2 to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday. Here I will look at a few significant characters and how they were portrayed as well as the historical accuracy of the plays and their importance. I will be … More The Hollow Crown Examined/Reviewed.
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
800 years ago the new King of England Henry III was crowned in what is now Gloucester Cathedral. This anniversary has been largely missed outside of Gloucester with the fanfare over Shakespeare and Magna Carter in the past few years so I decided to make it the topic for my post as I live in … More Coronation of Henry III – 1216
Henry V is pretty awesome and it’s Shakespeare’s birthday this year so I’m going to kill two birds with one stone by writing about the role of Shakespeare’s history plays in the legacy of the great King. Henry V was one of the most successful English monarchs of the Middle Ages. Well regarded by historians … More Shakespeare and the Legacy of Henry V
In a hilarious departure for me I’m going to write about the 1960s youth culture and the social reform that went hand in hand with it in Britain. In the 1960s the baby boomer generation that were born in the immediate aftermath of World War II came into their teenage and young adult years. This … More 1960s Culture and Society in Britian