The ill-fated second queen of King Henry VIII is truly one of history’s most divisive and controversial figures. The concept that Anne was a coldhearted seductress who lusted after power has entered into legend. Many come to the conclusion that she calculated to separate the king from his loyal first wife, and plunged England into … More Anne Boleyn: A Seductress?
The use of insulting language in the late 16th century is easily seen in court records of the time. After the Reformation there was a sudden rise in defamation allegations being recorded. Defamation laws required there to be an economic consequence or accusation of crime for the case to be brought to court, hurt feelings … More Insult in the 16th Century (Revised)
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
Fashion, along other sociopolitical signifiers, has often been used as a sign of wealth throughout history, and Tudor times were no exception. Most trends were introduced by the royalty, who popularised them and produced the copycat effect, therefore propagating these tendencies amongst other of their same ranks, if not the whole of society. So today … More Upper and Lower Class Tudor Fashion
The Bard, The Sweet Swan of Avon, The Immortal, The National Bard of England and An Upstart Crow… Yet three quarters of his plays delved into the comical theatrics of lands further afield, Why? The Merry Wives of Windsor being the only play in contemporary setting was an intended piece of satire published in 1602 … More Britain was never the soul of Will-Why do Shakespeare’s plays gravitate abroad?
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
Late last year I got the opportunity to read an advance issue of Medieval Warfare and since it was a chance to keep up to date with different historical literature since graduation I was delighted. A couple of issues were sent to W.U.HSTRY and Lilly (W.U.HSTRY ruler) sent this one over to me as it … More Medieval Warfare Vol. VI, Issue 6 Review – January/February 2017
In recent weeks the link between politics and theatre has come to the forefront of discussion, with arguments about politics role in the theatre. Whatever peoples’ thoughts are on politics’ place or appropriateness in theatre, it is simply undeniable that the two are inextricably linked and have been since theatre existed. This is not a … More Hand in Hand: Theatre and Politics
Day One: 16/11/16 I’d lusted after Edinburgh from afar for absolutely ages, but it was only last week– after years of increasingly desperate planning– that I finally got the chance to visit the city of my dreams. Getting off the Megabus was tricky. For one, I’d been sitting for a twelve hour coach journey and … More Travel Journal: Museum Hopping in Edinburgh
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