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?

Nostalgia, homesickness and heart conditions: Trying to understand PTSD before the 20th century.

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.

How The Black Death ‘Infected’ class.

It’s difficult to imagine the horrors that would have been felt across the world as the infamous ‘Black Death’ ravaged the population. The sheer fear that must have been felt as they desperately tried to find a cause and reason behind the illness that was claiming so many, some even believing that this mass loss … Continue reading How The Black Death ‘Infected’ class.