Why is it that on hearing the word ‘witch’, I immediately think of scary old ladies? If you are anything like me and have seen one too many Disney films, it’s not hard to see where the stereotype is reinforced in our modern society. J K Rowling has done a good job at making witches … More The ‘Ideal’ Sorceress: Gender Ideology and the Stereotypical Witch.
Don Hernándo Cortés, a man described as ‘ruthless, single-minded and ambitious,’ landed at Veracruz with a ‘rabble’ of Spaniards on Good Friday, 22nd of April 1519. It would take less than two years to conquer the Aztec Empire. The reasons why the Spaniards were able to conquer a ruthless and feared empire that spanned 125,000 … More The Fall of the Aztec Empire
At the turn of the fourteenth century, Henry Bolingbroke was about to make the biggest decision of his life. Not only would he regain his Lancastrian inheritance, but the entire kingdom of England would be his – forever altering the course of history. All that stood in his way was his cousin, Richard II. To … More The Trials of Henry IV
The fires are blazing, the table is laden, and the lord, the ring giver, is surrounded by his comitatus and household. He welcomes all those into his hall who wish to enter. They feast and share news, drinking and warming themselves from the ruddy heat of the flames. But is that really how it would … More Guests and Fish – The Famed Hospitality of the Anglo-Saxons