Despite the romantic aesthetic of the name that the Victorians came to coin this period with there is very little beauty to be found in this period of English history. It was a grim time of unrest for the country as a whole and would reshape the governing of the kingdom as it was known, … Continue reading The War Of The Roses: The Road to Civil war.
Everyone knows the story of the Spanish Armada of 1588 and the subsequent victory of the rag tag English ships. But the conflict didn't end in 1588. The Anglo-Spanish wars would continue for decades. Welcome to one of the forgotten failures of England's own aggression. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyvy6z_OQxU
History has always fueled the base for national pride. If you’re American, you probably think of the revolution. The French might think of Napoleon Bonaparte or the great feats of architectural design. The English have their own self glamorized moments from history, the Victorian age is one such example. But England also tends to pick … Continue reading The Longbow men: England’s Pride?
Warriors from the north where infamous to their Contemporaries, known for their brutal raids and ruthless mentality surrounding battle and their philosophies that contrasted the changing European world. Even today the very mention of ‘Vikings’ conjures up the image of a grizzled warrior donned in leather and fur, clutching an axe or sword. But what … Continue reading Viking blades: Symbols of bravery, brutality, bounty and branding.
It’s a truth as old as conflict itself; where war goes trauma follows. Its far older then the World wars ‘Shell shock that brought it to the centre stage of psychological studies and sympathetic regards. The trauma suffered by soldiers was well known but poorly understood but known. The tragic fault was the lack of … Continue reading Nostalgia, homesickness and heart conditions: Trying to understand PTSD before the 20th century.