The British Empire holds a strange place in the UK’s national memory; many young people have little knowledge of it while many older people remember it fondly, with 65% of over 65s in a YouGov poll saying the Empire was something to be proud of in 2014. Considering that the British Empire lasted for … More Don’t Mention the Empire!
Last week, after three amazing years, I finally graduated from the University of Winchester with a 2:1 in English Literature and History. Graduation was an unforgettable experience, spent catching up with friends, trying not to trip, and posing for about a thousand awkward photographs that will, presumably, stare down at me from my grandfather’s display … More A Brief History of Winchester Cathedral
I’ve been doing some reading on stuff by James Sharpe (University of York), regarding the economic crisis and hardship experiences during Elizabethan times. I found it quite interested me, and this is usually not my bag, so I thought I would do a little update regarding the subject. I think what attracted me to this … More Some Notes on the Elisabethan Economic Crisis
Since before 3500 BC people have been putting defensive walls around their settlements. As I’m sure you all know, these pesky walls and fortifications can be a real pain when you want to get inside somewhere for whatever reason. Maybe you’re at war with the occupants, maybe they have something of yours, like some loot … More Siege Warfare Through the Ages – Which Siege Tactics Are Right For You?
The doomed fifth wife of King Henry VIII, has been defined as a foolish good time girl, a woman who risked her own life to gratify her lust. This representation of Katherine is one the media and historians, generally both depict. However, I believe this image of Katherine couldn’t be further from the truth. The … More Katherine Howard: Whore or Victim?
I would introduce myself as the new writer on the block but I’ll just jump right in. The writing of history is an interpretation of what has already been written therefore some historians seem to reconstruct the past to reproduce a new understanding of the past with the knowledge of their sources while others continue … More The Black Legend…poor Spain
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)
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?