The Failure of the English Armada

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.

The life of an Executioner.

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.

Historic places you should visit in Yorkshire and the North West.

Perhaps it’s my own northern soul swaying my line of thinking but I often find myself frustrated when travel lists for British historical sites, for the most part, usually consist of locations in London or its surroundings. The entire country is full of so much history and regional gems. It’s a great shame they are … Continue reading Historic places you should visit in Yorkshire and the North West.

Scrofula: The King’s Evil.

In times before modern science and medicine the world was a terrifying place. The looming fear of one’s mortality in the face of illness or simple wounds was ever present. The worst part was probably the inability to explain the cause or reason for these sudden illnesses. Many misunderstood illnesses came in waves over the … Continue reading Scrofula: The King’s Evil.