The 5 Most Gruesome Female Martyrdoms in Early Christianity. Part One: Eulalia

The 5 Most Gruesome Female Martyrdoms in Early Christianity. Part One: Eulalia

We have all had to queue for something. Whether its queuing for the checkout at Aldi (or Tesco if you're fancy), at the bar or even the toilet, queuing is just an accepted part of life. But would you queue to get humiliated, tortured and brutally killed? No? Me neither, it doesn't sound like the [...]

Edward II: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Edward II: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Smothered, red hot poker, died- smothered, red hot poker, survived?! Not quite as catchy as the Henry VIII version about his wives is it. Intrigued as to what I’m talking about? If so welcome to episode two of the Plantagenets; the mysterious and potentially brutal death of Edward II. Crowning of Edward II - image [...]

The Anarchy

The Anarchy

Sounds dramatic doesn't it, but what was The Anarchy?  The Anarchy is a period of English history spanning from 1135-1153. It is defined by revolts and civil war between cousins, started by the sinking of the White Ship- I told you that was an important event! Following the untimely demise of Prince William in the [...]

The White Ship: A Booze Fuelled Disaster

The White Ship: A Booze Fuelled Disaster

http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=royal_ms_20_a_ii_fs001r Image taken from The British Library, Royal MS 20 A II. Details the White Ship. Ever had a feeling that you have had a bit too much to drink? When the extra glass of wine seems like a great idea but the room begins to spin a little bit? When the impending doom of [...]