Last month, my family and I visited the city of Florence. I had been wanting to visit the city ever since I wrote an essay on one of the most important and dramatic events of Florentine history and having spent many months researching it, I was interested in visiting the places where it took place. … More The Pazzi Conspiracy.
I have had an extremely busy summer. One of the most rewarding things I did this summer was participate as a volunteer in the Southampton Maritime Festival. I learnt about it through the University website and I attended a training session, where I learnt exactly how it had been organised to celebrate the long and … More The Southampton Maritime Festival – 2014
My blog post for this month will be about of the so-called ‘Who? Who?’ Ministry, a short-lived Conservative government under Edward Smith-Stanley, the 14th Earl of Derby, which was in power from February to December 1852. I consider this to be outside my comfort zone, since as a historian, I am usually focused on the … More The ‘Who? Who? Ministry
Hello, and welcome to my post for Music Month. My post is going to be on an opera by the famous Czech composer Antonin Dvorak, about the famous Anglo-Saxon King, Alfred the Great. So first of all, who was Dvorak, and why did he chose to write about Alfred the Great? Antonin Dvorak lived from … More Alfred the Great’s campaign in Alfred by Dvorak
The Praetorian Guard is one of the most famous bodyguards in history. Founded by Augustus in 31 BC to guard the holder of the office known as Princeps or ‘First Citizen’ that would later be known by the military title ‘Emperor’, it’s access to the emperor, and position as the only armed force in Rome … More The Praetorian Guard and the Downfall of the Roman Empire.
I would like to dedicate this particular blog post and my first review to my parents, who went out of their way to get me the subject of this review, despite its obscurity. I love you both. The film I am reviewing is called The Young Mr. Pitt, a 1942 biopic of William Pitt the … More The Young Mr. Pitt Review
Hello everyone, and happy New Year! Hope you have a good one, and to celebrate, is an article on a couple of lectures I had the privilege of attending at the University of Winchester last year. The lecture was given by Professor Howard Williams from the University of Chester, called Death and Transition. The first was on Viking … More Death and Transition Part 1: Boats and Burials
Hello, I thought I’d share with you some information about something I happened to get involved with over the summer. The National Archives have been running an interesting project by transcribing the crew lists of merchant vessels at the time of the First World War in 1915. The purpose of this project is to make the lists … More National Archives Project
The Catiline Conspiracy is one of the most famous events in the later years of the Roman Republic. The plot was an alleged attempt to overthrow the Roman Republic, exposed in 63 BC, by one of the consuls of Rome, the famous Cicero, probably Rome’s greatest orator. Lucius Sergius Catilinus or Catiline for short was … More Cicero’s Finest Hour: The Catiline Conspiracy