In honour of Black History month, I will be reviewing the film Belle which was recently released on DVD. It follows Dido Elizabeth Belle who was the daughter of Captain John Lindsay and Maria Belle, a slave, through the race, class and gender struggles in 18th century England at the time of the famous Zong … More Review: Belle
2014 is going to be a rather special and memorable year in history. 100 years since the start of the First World War, its incredible to think that so much time has passed in what seems like a very short space of time. And so much has changed. I always find myself in conversation with … More Nursing in Wartime – A Little Look into the historical drama: The Crimson Field
When war was declared in August 1914 the women’s suffrage campaign had been going on for fifty years. Some historians have argued women were close to achieving their aims while others have argued that women were no closer than previous years. However it is undeniable that the women’s suffrage campaign was radically interrupted by the … More Women’s Suffrage and the First World War
In 1632, at the tender age of six, Christina of Sweden inherited the throne upon the death of her father, Gustav the Great. Alike to Queen Elizabeth I Christina refused to marry, stating that ‘It is impossible for me to marry. I am absolutely certain about it…’ At her birth Christina had been mistaken for a boy … More Christina of Sweden and her Portrayal in Popular Culture.
It appears as if most of us always think of women when thinking of the early modern witch-hunts. This hasn’t been helped by the depiction of witches in popular culture, films and TV, but it makes us forget the array of complexities encompassing early modern witchcraft and its crime. So how did the witch-hunts come … More Women and the Early Modern Witch-Hunts
Why is it that on hearing the word ‘witch’, I immediately think of scary old ladies? If you are anything like me and have seen one too many Disney films, it’s not hard to see where the stereotype is reinforced in our modern society. J K Rowling has done a good job at making witches … More The ‘Ideal’ Sorceress: Gender Ideology and the Stereotypical Witch.
OUR LATEST INTERVIEW HAS BEEN WITH DR. ELENA WOODACRE, ONE OF OUR LECTURERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WINCHESTER! She is devoted to the study of medieval queens, especially within the kingdom of Navarre, so we decided to ask her some questions about her research and her interests! Here we leave you the link to our podcast … More INTERVIEW WITH DR.ELENA WOODACRE, UNIVERSITY OF WINCHESTER, MARCH 2013
I set out on the task to write about the LGBT history and its importance with the a feeling that I knew nothing about it, and that all I knew was taken from films like Milk and TV series and documentaries, together with the update from last year about Oscar Wilde. And it is true, my … More LGBT history: the memory of a forbidden Love.
Also known as the ‘Nine Days’ Queen’, Lady Jane Grey remains a surprisingly overlooked figure in English History. Most people today with a degree of interest in the past will perhaps recognise her from Paul Delaroche’s infamous and romantic portrait of her execution, despite its exceptional inaccuracy, yet are not aware of Jane’s story or … More The Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey
Despite historians knowing little about the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, or at least not much of her true character, she is still a much debated figure amongst historians and historical novelists. A powerful woman of her time who achieved many things that the majority of her female counterparts could not, such as visiting the … More The Determined Duchess