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?
After three years, White returned to the colony. What he found chilled him to the bone. The Roanoke colony was gone, the buildings neatly taken down, no signs of anyone alive or dead. The only hint being two carvings. On a large tree they found “CRO” and a fence post bearing the craving “CROATOAN”. For … Continue reading The Roanoke colony: What happened?
Anne Lister, a landowner who is best remembered because of her letters and diaries. She broke the expectations of her time and became a renowned businesswoman. What did it take for a woman to excel in these times? Anne was born as the second child of the notable soldier Jeremy Lister, but out of four … Continue reading Anne Lister:The Diaries that shocked the Country
Iceland's witchtrials took a unique turn from many of the other European trials. But why is this? Why where the overwhelming majority of those convicted men? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coKXYwTLXHo&t=1s
We know the stories of outlaws and all their thrilling adventures. But what where these crime gangs really like? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6pOcHi4aeY
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.
It’s wildly accepted that crime and punishment in history has been brutal. A person could find themselves facing terrible punishments for what we now consider petty crimes. But behind the horror of execution where those tasked with delivering it. The life of an executioner was nothing glamorous or forbiddingly dark. Forget the black hooded man … Continue reading The life of an Executioner.
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