Branwell Bronte: A story of addiction and lost potential.

Anyone who has taken a literature course has likely heard of the Bronte sisters. Three sisters who became some of the most significant figures in the cannon of English writers. But the family had its fair share of skeletons hiding in their closet. Their family home in West Yorkshire. Three of his daughters found fame, … Continue reading Branwell Bronte: A story of addiction and lost potential.

The Longbow men: England’s Pride?

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?

The Fate of Franklin: Early searches and evidence.

Another installment in our Franklin series, this time we will return to Britain to look at the mounting concerns of the people and the early search missions. https://videopress.com/v/7Z1dbVNI?preloadContent=metadata Additional notesMany of these rescue missions took letters and tokens from relatives of the lost crew in the event they were found. Sophia Caracroft sent letters for … Continue reading The Fate of Franklin: Early searches and evidence.

The Fate of Franklin: Skeptism and the Beechey island camp.

https://videopress.com/v/sZs7Nhrx?preloadContent=metadata John Torrington, John Hartnell and William Braine' Additional notes on Torrington, Hartnell and Braine: Hartnell’s autopsy was performed with an inverted Y incision. This suggests it may have been rushed as this method allows faster access to organs but is less ‘tidy’ and harder to reintern the organs. Although there was no formalized way … Continue reading The Fate of Franklin: Skeptism and the Beechey island camp.

Katherine Howard: The Misunderstood wife.

The Tudors period is probably one of the most recognisable parts of British history. Recognised all the world around due to the sensationalism of dramas, literature and historical intrigue. However, with this over saturation it gives way to an almost formulaic knowledge that stagnates further consideration of the figures and events. It’s not hard to … Continue reading Katherine Howard: The Misunderstood wife.

The Fate of Franklin: Preparations and goals.

There is something very human about being drawn into mysterious parts of history, those events that leave an unsettled feeling that begs for more research in order to try and solve the mystery by piecing together any information that can be gathered. Frustratingly this process can take years. Even Decades or centuries. Even modern techniques … Continue reading The Fate of Franklin: Preparations and goals.

The forgotten career of James Fitzjames.

History is a patchwork of great people and events, ones that amaze us to this day. Rightfully so, we preserve and remember the endeavors of the people who came before us. However, I am continually haunted by what is forgotten or, worse, escapes historic record. For every hero we remember there are thousands that gradually … Continue reading The forgotten career of James Fitzjames.

The Boyplayers: The dark side to Elizabethan theatre

Exploitation in the entertainment industry is a widely known tragedy of the past and present. In the last few years huge exposés have been brought to light as people find their voices and the public become more aware. Looking back to the past century we are painfully aware of how the classical stars where mistreated. … Continue reading The Boyplayers: The dark side to Elizabethan theatre