After three years, White returned to the colony. What he found chilled him to the bone. The Roanoke colony was gone, the buildings neatly taken down, no signs of anyone alive or dead. The only hint being two carvings. On a large tree they found “CRO” and a fence post bearing the craving “CROATOAN”. For … Continue reading The Roanoke colony: What happened?
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.
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.