Today we will move across the globe to discover the Diquis Spheres. These are some stone spheres found in the delta of Diquis, between the rivers Terraba and Sierpe, in the peninsula of Osa and the Isla del Caño (Costa Rica). They are unique archaeological finds due to their number of existing specimens (over 300!), … More The Diquis Spheres – (2019 Update)
Julius Caesar, for many a hero, for others a master of war, a tyrant. Whatever your take on Caesar is, the fact is that he was a rather intelligent man who used all the tools he had at hand to complete his objectives. Part of this involved building a narrative for Rome; tales of the greatness of their people and … More Caesar & the Celts: Nationalistic Propaganda and Fear of Foreigners
This blogger is still on the Iberian Peninsula and so it will be another Iberian inspired post that is related to my travels. In February 2017 I visited Zaragoza in the autonomous community of Aragon in Spain. The blog will highlight the Crown of Aragon and is intended to provide a basis of knowledge for … More The Crown of Aragon (a snapshot)
In 1829 Sir Walter Scott delighted his readers with Ivanhoe. The novel for sure was a product of the romantic nationalistic movement that most of Europe was embracing but, possibly without meaning to do so, he also depicted the landscape of England after 1066, and its occupants. The image he provides about the Norman invaders … More Gens Normannorum: What is Norman Identity?
Along with my fellow W.U. Hstry contributor Ellie, I recently travelled around several countries in Europe. One of our stops was in Prague in the Czech Republic. I had been browsing things to do in Prague when I came across the National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror. I recognised the name Heydrich … More Wade in Blood: Operation Anthropoid
Welcome to my final historical blog post. I cannot believe I have written over 30 posts in just over two years! It has been great fun and I hope they have all been informative and helpful. This post will focus on what motivates the historian, and why it is important to study. I will also … More What is an English identity? Some final thoughts on why I love and study History
Today I am not going to speak much. I am no warfare specialist as you all know, that is an honour reserved to Alex and Michael in here. However, my work involves a lot of work in the field of memory studies. And if I came out of Oslo with a particularly strong image of … More Remembering the Brave – Photographic Collection of Oslo’s Memorials
Today is, in England, Remembrance Day, where we stop for a minute silence to remember the dead from World War One and onwards. World War One could certainly be argued as one of the horrific conflicts we have seen in history, and it hardly surprising that a national day of remembrance was set up after … More Remembrance Day. Why do we remember and how can memory be controversial?
In this latest post, I aim to put forward the argument that the British navy saw its rise during the seventeenth century during and after the English Civil War. Much historical writing has been done on the British navy during the century after, but due to the formation of the navy coming from one of … More Roots of the British Navy
Welcome to another blog post, where I talk to you about my trip to Oxfordshire. I hope you will find it informative and interesting and maybe inspire you to go and visit yourself. Now before I start, my purpose of my visit to this county was to study the English Civil War. Oxford was Charles … More My trip to Oxfordshire and a few reflections.