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)
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