What can the patterns of pilgrimage to Rome tell us about the social and political dynamics of early modern Europe?

Throughout the centuries it is nearly undisputable that Christianity has played a major role in shaping the history of Europe. Whether it was personal pursuit of religious enlightenment, proving your devotion to Christianity, infighting debate or more cynically as a method of control it has been a driving force of so many events. Pilgrimage is … Continue reading What can the patterns of pilgrimage to Rome tell us about the social and political dynamics of early modern Europe?

The Roanoke Colony: Foundations

During the 16th and 17th Century, Europeans where racing to lay claim to the newly ‘discovered’ America’s. It was a New World, filled with promise and mystique. Europeans were lured by the tales of riches, resources and land that was just begging to be developed and shaped in their favour. But that’s not to say … Continue reading The Roanoke Colony: Foundations

The People in the cabinet : The Ethic’s of displaying human remains.

I have visited the British museum twice in my life. Both times it was obviously as busy as any other tourist sight might be, people coming from all over the world to see the unique collections and plenty of them taking photographs to commemorate the occasion. Museums have brought us the chance to see things … Continue reading The People in the cabinet : The Ethic’s of displaying human remains.

The Georgians: Molly houses and sexuality

There are some very well established cliches that might come to mind when we think of Georgian and Victorian society. Images of a prudish attitudes, conservative outfits and people gasping if they caught a flash of an ankle. We also might think of discrimination, whether it be based in class or gender. As for sexuality? … Continue reading The Georgians: Molly houses and sexuality

Historic places you should visit in Yorkshire and the North West.

Perhaps it’s my own northern soul swaying my line of thinking but I often find myself frustrated when travel lists for British historical sites, for the most part, usually consist of locations in London or its surroundings. The entire country is full of so much history and regional gems. It’s a great shame they are … Continue reading Historic places you should visit in Yorkshire and the North West.