The Darien Scheme

When you mention the phrase ‘trade with India’ in a historical sense, people automatically think of the British East India Trading Company that dominated English international affairs, trade and politics from the 31st December 1600, yet few would know that this was not the only attempt to trade with the India, the Caribbean or the … More The Darien Scheme

Up with the Rogers! A Brief History of British Pirates

As Black Sails comes to an end, I have decided to write something on pirates to deal with the emotional rollercoaster but thoroughly enjoyable five series which have created in many ways the best filmed interpretation of pirates in filmography. Not only because the show is incredibly clever in blending in literary narrative (let’s remember … More Up with the Rogers! A Brief History of British Pirates

Britain was never the soul of Will-Why do Shakespeare’s plays gravitate abroad?

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?

Early Modern Discovery

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

Tous les matins du monde le Roi danse. Music in the Sun king’s era through French films.

Now, we have this man. And the man is a king, mind you. A great king. One who, allegedly, dared to say that He was the State. And, by the way, there is this tale of this man not really being the king, but a twin, or a lookalike, the real king being imprisoned behind … More Tous les matins du monde le Roi danse. Music in the Sun king’s era through French films.

Couperin & Marais: French Musical Enhancement in the Court of the Sun King

Today I bring you a topic that we have explored very superficially elsewhere and that has been resurfaced due to some feedback and encouragement received via Facebook. You may see a couple of related updates too. These will all revolve around the topic of music in the court of the Sun King. And for this … More Couperin & Marais: French Musical Enhancement in the Court of the Sun King