Queen Elizabeth I was an incredibly accomplished figure and played a starring role in the media of her time. Like an actress, Elizabeth played out various roles with the aim of increasing her status as a Queen. These roles include ones such as her portrayal as a Renaissance prince, as well as a manly warrior … More Elizabeth I: The Diverse Actress
Looking back at this day in 1493 the Portuguese-born discoverer Christopher Columbus mistook manatees for mermaids when he sailed near the Dominican Republic. He reports seeing three “mermaids” and describes them as “not half as beautiful as they are painted.” In the history of the discovery of new lands, there can be seen a pattern … More Early Modern Discovery
Queen Elizabeth I is notoriously known for her oppositional stance to traditional social conventions of rulership. She has been presented as the queen who modified the opinion on women in early modern England, especially how they were viewed as rulers. It is thought that Elizabeth allowed men to believe in the rulership and educative side … More Elizabeth I and Queenship
A few days ago I visited Fort Widley in Portsmouth with a couple of friends. We went there for a ghost hunt and being ‘curious’ we thought it a great idea for a birthday treat. The fort itself was built between 1860 and 1868 on the recommendation of the Royal Commission on the Defence of … More I would say I’m a sceptic but…
I overheard these words from a senior gentleman. Now, this topic is a very controversial one as the ‘Henry’ and ‘hero’ haven’t exactly met eye-to-eye in Tudor historiography. This Tudor has traditionally been remembered for being the perpetrator of an obstructive reign. But I like to view things from a more revisionist standpoint. The characteristics … More “Henry VIII is actually one of my heroes”
Until recently, history consisted only of men. The writers of history were mainly men, portraying history as being created and maintained by their fellow gender. Men always carried out the most important roles: they formed the armies, were preferred as the monarchs and took up the roles in government. It’s this disallowing of women to … More The Invisible Contributors and Maintainers of Society
The brutal personality of Mary I of England (1553-1558) has countlessly been regurgitated in historiography on the Tudor period. “Bloody Mary” is a name we know a lot more than Mary I, and the associations we link with this cause us to have one limited perspective on her personality as a monarch and the nature … More ‘Bloody Mary’ or just Mary I?
Painted in 1588, the Armada Portrait sums up the devastating or triumphant events of the same year, depending on the view you take. Elizabeth I successfully fought off the Spanish Catholic threat that was openly supported by Pope Sixtus V and led by King Philip II. The Queen herself is portrayed as a heroic warrior, … More An analytical perspective on the ‘Armada Portrait’