Vikings here, Vikings there, Vikings everywhere…! So today I take us back to one of my favourite women in history: an absolute kick ass queen who manage to take rulership of an old Norse state to a different level. Today, I bring you Olga of Kiev – or rather a summary of the things we … More Olga of Kiev: Queen of the Rus
I overheard these words from a senior gentleman. Now, this topic is a very controversial one as the ‘Henry’ and ‘hero’ haven’t exactly met eye-to-eye in Tudor historiography. This Tudor has traditionally been remembered for being the perpetrator of an obstructive reign. But I like to view things from a more revisionist standpoint. The characteristics … More “Henry VIII is actually one of my heroes”
Much is known of England’s powerful queen consorts, from Eleanor Aquitaine to Elizabeth Woodville to Anne Boleyn but little is known about the woman who arguably was one of the first of England’s powerful queen consorts, along with her mother in law Ælfthryth. Emma of Normandy was queen consort of England twice, first to Æthelred … More Twice a Queen: Emma of Normandy
Mustafa Kemal, also known as Mustafa Kemal AtatÜrk was a former officer serving in the Ottoman and Turkish army, a revolutionary and the first president of the newly formed Republic of Turkey after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1922. Kemal was said to have been born on 19th May 1881 in Saloncia, Ottoman … More Mustafa Kemal AtatÜrk
Jokes about inbreeding and incest are common in discussions about royalty, for non-historians such jokes can actually be some of the basis of their knowledge about royalty. However why royalty decided to choose incestuous unions and what the effects of such unions are less considered. This is despite incest and inbreeding being apparent across the … More Incest and Royalty: The Reasons and the Effects
Today I wanted to speak to you about some of the most prominent rulers of the Maya civilization. To my surprise, I thought I would be able to compile sufficient data about these 4 leaders, yet I was proven wrong. It is surprising how little we actually know about them. Even though the decipherment of … More Four Maya Rulers – Lost and Forgotten
The stigma of illegitimacy is a mark that remained prevalent up until the late twentieth century, yet none more so than in the England of the 13th century. Due to the Catholic Church of the 1200’s condemnation of sex outside marriage, fornication with the result of an illegitimate child was a sin. However within the … More The Stigma of Illegitimacy in Medieval England and Wales
Hello everyone! I have been set a challenge! I have to say, this one is a little out of my field, but I had a go, and I must say it was rather interesting. My challenge was to research Caligula. For those of you modern history people like myself I am ashamed to say that … More Caligula – Tyrant or Victim?
This update was first intended to be an analysis similarities and differences between Lussinight and Ragnarok, but then I remembered that I already wrote about this in a blog post in 2011. And then I was going to write-up the interview I did with one of the academics in the history department at the University of … More How to legitimize a king
Rulers throughout history have used the visual arts in order to express and substantiate their power. Visual art allows the illiterate, quasi-literate and literate masses alike to grasp concepts that cannot be transmuted through written sources such as books or parliamentary rolls. The ability to disseminate information to a wide demographic gave kings in this … More Edward III, Power and Politics: Edward III’s Great Seals.