THE FALL OF THE FRENCH MONARCHY AND THE REVOLUTION OF AUGUST 10TH, 1792

Written by Expert Contributor, Dr Linda Porter Less familiar than the fall of the Bastille and the coup against Robespierre on 9th Thermidor, Year II (26 July, 1794), the Revolution of August 10,1792 was, nevertheless, a pivotal point in the French Revolution.  From that date onwards Louis XVI and his family, Marie Antoinette, their children,Continue reading “THE FALL OF THE FRENCH MONARCHY AND THE REVOLUTION OF AUGUST 10TH, 1792”

The Romanovs in Red Cross uniforms

Written by Expert Contributor Gareth Russell Nicholas II’s daughters, all slaughtered together in a cellar on one dreadful morning in 1918, have acquired a totemic significance in the century since their murder. For many conservatives and monarchists, the posthumous importance of the grand duchesses is obvious and inescapable as proof both of the unhinged viciousnessContinue reading “The Romanovs in Red Cross uniforms”

Drop Dead Gorgeous: 19th Century Beauty Tips for the Aspiring Consumptive

Written by Expert Contributor, Jessica Cale Picture the ideal nineteenth century English beauty: pale, almost translucent skin, rosy cheeks, crimson lips, white teeth, and sparkling eyes. She’s waspishly thin with elegant collarbones. Perhaps she’s prone to fainting. It shouldn’t be difficult to imagine; numerous depictions survive to this day, and the image is still heldContinue reading “Drop Dead Gorgeous: 19th Century Beauty Tips for the Aspiring Consumptive”

The Origins of the Tudor Portrait Miniature

Written by Resident Art Historian, Melanie V Taylor For those not familiar with the genre of the portrait miniature, let us first consider why and when these first became popular in England, and the various artists creating these images for the Tudor court. The half millennium saw a marked change from the religious themes ofContinue reading “The Origins of the Tudor Portrait Miniature”

Happy Birthday, Anna of Cleves and Henry VIII!

by Expert Contributor Heather R. Darsie On this day of 28 June in 1515, a little baby girl was born in the Holy Roman Empire whose life would be dramatically shaped by international politics. The baby was christened, “Anna,” after her paternal aunt. “Anna” was a family name on her maternal side, as well. AnnaContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Anna of Cleves and Henry VIII!”

Nicholaa de la Haye: The Woman Who Saved England

written by Expert Contributor, Sharon Bennett Connolly Nicholaa de la Haye is one of those very rare women in English history. She is renowned for her abilities, rather than her family and connections. In a time when men fought and women stayed home, Nicholaa de la Haye held Lincoln Castle against all-comers. Her strength and tenacity saved EnglandContinue reading “Nicholaa de la Haye: The Woman Who Saved England”

The Black Dinner of 1440

Written by Expert Contributor, Nathen Amin Anyone who has read George R R Martin’s medieval fantasy epic ‘A Storm of Swords’, or indeed watched the TV adaption ‘The Game of Thrones’, will be familiar with the Red Wedding, one of the most shocking events whether on page or screen. Martin crafted a classic scene thatContinue reading “The Black Dinner of 1440”

Ten Medieval Royal English Weddings

Written by Expert Contributor Susan Abernethy The listed marriages are in no particular sequence of importance, and are listed in chronological order. I’ve relied on only one particular criteria in choosing these events. Which marriages had significant political consequences? Emma of Normandy, Wife of Aethelred the Unready and the Viking King Cnut Emma of Normandy wasContinue reading “Ten Medieval Royal English Weddings”

The Most Notorious French Royal Ménage à Trois

Written by Expert Contributor, Dr Estelle Paranque It was on a chill autumn day that Catherine de Medici entered the port of Marseilles, dressed brilliantly in gold and rare sparkling gems, her coach draped in luxurious black velvet. Catherine ­– the niece of Pope Clement VII – was a sight to behold, and having beenContinue reading “The Most Notorious French Royal Ménage à Trois”

Finding Women in Anglo-Saxon England

Written by Expert Contributor Annie Whitehead With the study of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the writings of Bede, the Welsh and Irish annals, and the later Anglo-Norman chroniclers (many of whom had direct access to earlier documents), it is relatively easy to piece together the history of the kings of Anglo-Saxon England.  But what of theContinue reading “Finding Women in Anglo-Saxon England”