I decided to create this little map just recently after going down memory lane and remembering my visit to St Albans and the Roman ruins in there. I think it is easy to forget sometimes the scope of the enclaves the Romans held in Britain, particularly in England itself. So I have pin down the … More Enclaves of Roman Britain
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?
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
The First World War was the first use of compulsory military service in Britain, when in January 1916 the Military Service Bill was passed, and all men aged 18-41, later increased to 50 – apart from those in certain professions such as ministers of a religion, or medically unfit – were expected to be involved in … More First World War and Conscription: The Conscientious Objector
One of the biggest discussions surrounding the 2017 snap General Election concerns the plausibility that while the Conservatives will retain enough seats to win, their drop in the early polls could indicate Labour clawing them out of a majority. This would leave the UK parliament with a Victorian age hanging or ‘hung parliament’ to be … More UK General Election of 1885: How the Irish hung parliament
Now this his is something I produced for my personal Facebook account a day or so after the Manchester arena attack as I do with many of the attacks of recent. The second attack in London has since pushed me to post it here for many would be mistaken to find the past much more … More Peterloo: How Manchester took to Napoleon’s terror and the British Army
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
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)
The Hollow Crown series were adaptations of Shakespeare’s most famous history plays and they aired a couple of years ago on BBC2 to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday. Here I will look at a few significant characters and how they were portrayed as well as the historical accuracy of the plays and their importance. I will be … More The Hollow Crown Examined/Reviewed.
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?