The term Hussar is most commonly known as the name of a certain type of light cavalry used primarily in the 18th and 19th centuries. But it is also used for a few quite different forms of cavalry in completely different periods and regions. I got to questioning where the link between them can be found, … More The Origins of Hussar Cavalry
I found myself doing some research on the battle of Tannenberg 1410, a little while after its anniversary in 2010. I coursed a module on the Crusades as a university student and this is a topic I came across. Needless to say, I am not a military historian – but I thought this conflict in … More TANNENBERG 1410
It can be hard to imagine that during an age of artillery, tanks, machine guns and aircraft that fortresses were still being used. In fact the fortresses of the 20th century were deadly, Verdun, a line of fortifications that cost hundreds of thousands of lives to take, or Przemyśl, a fortress town being attacked by … More World War One: Fortresses, with a focus on Przemyśl
Does the name Mazepa mean anything to you? Perhaps if you are from Ukraine or Poland, but maybe not. Hopefully Pyotr Ilvich Tchaikovsky would be a name that you would be more familiar with. Well, it is of an opera of his, and a symphonic poem by Liszt that we are going to talk about … More Mazeppa: Cossack, Hero and Betrayer
Today we have a special update for you! Aleksandra, who is doing her PhD at the University of Gdańsk has been very generous and provided us with the paper she wrote for the Kings & Queens 2 Conference, which took place at the University of Winchester this summer. So here you go. We hope you … More “English merchants in cities of Teutonic Order State”, by Aleksandra Girsztowt, University of Gdańsk
In the late ninth century was communication routes in Europe not quite what they are today, ships were often the easiest way to get from a to b (provided a or b was somewhere near water). The sea was the highway throughout Europe, a way that transported people, goods, Gods, and stories. This was the … More Wulfstan and his journey
Carpatho-Ukraine is currently seen as one of the shortest lived states, if not the shortest, having been independent for only one day. More commonly referred to as Carpathian Ruthenia, it is a small region of Eastern Europe that is currently mostly located in western Ukraine, and has smaller parts in Slovakia, Romania and Poland. It … More The Shortest Lived State
On the 8th of November, 2012, some of the members of the W.U Hstry teams went to a session of the WSCMC: Winchester Seminars on Comparative Medieval Cultures. We listened and took notes from two different talks. A somehow comprehensive version of the notes that were taken will be provided in the following paragraphs. We … More Winchester Seminars on Comparative Medieval Cultures: Second Session Notes
Well, I think spending your Christmas time in a quiet and secluded place with a very close community inspired by the religious feeling which, allegedly, fuels the celebration (or that way it was, once), people whom with to share a praying moment and a pious enjoyment of thy Glory could be considered, at least by … More When Christmas Is not a Time for Peace.
As the weather outside is frightful, and the fire is delightful, and we have no place to go, why don’t we read a good book for once? And, coming to that, why not a good old classic? And this classic book could be, perhaps, a nineteenth century romance, written by a Nobel Prize winner and, … More A Good Fire and A Good Book!