How Prince Albert won over a nation.

Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert has become one of the British monarchy’s most well-known unions. It has been the subject of countless dramas, novels and gained a reputation as one of the most famous and hotly debated romances of the 19th century. However, the German prince could not simply survive by just winning his … Continue reading How Prince Albert won over a nation.

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

The Folville Gang: England’s medieval mafia

NEW MORE DETAILED AUDIO ESSAY: In 1310 Sir John Folville dies, a respected part of the gentry and a commissioner knight of the shire. As per custom his wealth and land are given to the eldest of his sons, John. Leaving the remaining six to find their own paths. This was nothing unusual. The younger … Continue reading The Folville Gang: England’s medieval mafia

The Rise and fall of religious relics

By the 12th century Christianity was actively practiced in much of Europe. Additionally, there is a clearer understanding on the doctrine of the faith.  This is significant as for a long time the faith was practiced with many shades of gray. This can be drawn up to multiple factors, such as cultural clashes and simple … Continue reading The Rise and fall of religious relics

Viking blades: Symbols of bravery, brutality, bounty and branding.

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.

Grave of the Fireflies: A stark reality of the life of post war life.

Grave of the Fireflies is a war film unlike many others. In a market flooded by gritty and bloodstained dramas it presents a painfully realistic story of the civilians of post war Japan. The slow demise of the main characters is made clear from the very start. We are given no option to be hopeful … Continue reading Grave of the Fireflies: A stark reality of the life of post war life.

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.

Johannes Junius: The mayor burned for Witchcraft.

In July 1628, broken and tired fifty-five-year-old man finally confesses to a crime he was accused of months before. He has finally given in to the mental and physical torcher of his captors, recognising there is no way to prove innocence or escape. This man is no outcast or misfit that the community is wary … Continue reading Johannes Junius: The mayor burned for Witchcraft.