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”

Sybil Ludington: The Female Paul Revere

Guest Article by Allison Ferguson Thank you to Allison Ferguson for giving us our first article on USA history! If one recalls memories of grade school the famous, yet wholly inaccurate, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, Paul Revere’s Ride comes to mind. Revere no doubt was a brave patriot, but what about the stories of lesserContinue reading “Sybil Ludington: The Female Paul Revere”

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”

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 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”

Women Behind Their Men: Anne Lovell

Written by Expert Contributor Michele Schindler The discovery of Richard III`s remains in a car park in Leicester, seven years ago, has caused a surge of interest not only in the life of this controversial monarch, but also in his contemporaries. A particularly positive trend during these last years has been the interest showed inContinue reading “Women Behind Their Men: Anne Lovell”

The Devil’s Brood

Written by Matthew Lewis The Plantagenet dynasty remains England and Britain’s longest reigning royal house, providing kings of England from Henry II’s accession in 1154 until Richard III’s death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Its beginnings were less than auspicious, though, and the dynasty that began with the Henry II, first Angevin KingContinue reading “The Devil’s Brood”

England’s Only Half-Spanish King: Edward II

by Expert Contributor, Kathryn Warner Edward II ruled as king of England from July 1307 to January 1327, and is remembered as one of the country’s most unsuccessful – if not the most unsuccessful – kings in history. He was the first to be forced to abdicate his throne, and the nineteen and a half years ofContinue reading “England’s Only Half-Spanish King: Edward II”