The Kite Runner- Using Literature as a source for recent times

The post will look at the historical significance in Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 bestselling novel, The Kite Runner. The novel is a coming of age story focusing on Amir born into a Pashtun family in Afghanistan. Recently, as of Monday 10th July I went to watch the stage adaptation of it with another blogger- lauraljpotter. This … More The Kite Runner- Using Literature as a source for recent times

The Museum of Oxford- An award winning hidden gem

The DCMS (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) in 2005 carried out a major study into the reasons we visit museums and galleries in which they found the most popular reason at 43% being a general interest in the museum and or its collections. Morris Hargreaves McIntyre (The largest cultural strategy and research agency in … More The Museum of Oxford- An award winning hidden gem

Women in Renaissance Portraiture (Extended Edition)

For centuries the depiction of women was kept within the confines of religious, and moral, ideological imagery until the Italian Renaissance swept up the fifteenth century to enhance and entrance the majority of the elite classes in Europe. Christianity had hindered female progress with images that encompassed the traditional values of being a woman while … More Women in Renaissance Portraiture (Extended Edition)

Upper and Lower Class Tudor Fashion

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

Egypt’s Pyramid Competitor- The Kush(y) Nubian Pyramids

In joining the designated theme of pre-modern non-European civilizations and the informal trend concerning pyramids which seems to have enveloped the blog, we must look no further than Sudan. A subject at first interesting for its similarities to its more infamous neighbor’s architectural style. On closer inspection and with the help of this post’s inspiration, … More Egypt’s Pyramid Competitor- The Kush(y) Nubian Pyramids

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

Bonfire Night: Not so Much About Guy Fawkes

Featured Image: The dying flames of Winchester’s Bonfire Bonfire Night has become so ingrained into British tradition it’s almost a national holiday, without the benefit of a day off work. Many cities and communities across the country have long-standing events to celebrate, by gathering around a very tall bonfire and watch a firework display. Our … More Bonfire Night: Not so Much About Guy Fawkes

Ideas Concerning Death in Medieval Culture and Society

The various rituals, practices, observances and perceptions of death in the Middle Ages are well worth discussion and debate. Death is and has been a present and fascinating concern for every civilization as it is one of the universal certainties of the human experience. This fascination is heightened however in Medieval European societies where death … More Ideas Concerning Death in Medieval Culture and Society