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?
Hello, Readers. It has been a long time since I posted an essay, this year has certainly been a trial for many people and I myself have been dealing with many changes to my work and personal life. However I still have a healthy passion for history blogging that has not dwindled over these strange … Continue reading Announcement!
https://youtu.be/4lJgJqoCL2g Mother Shipton, England's most famous Seer, has gone down in history. But Who was she really?
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrtGqlZjCFU A Revenant was once a man, a sinful man who rose from the grave to terrorize the town.But what do these creatures say about medieval society?
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
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
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