I don’t go on holiday
very often much ever. So far number of holidays I have been, off my own back, include my honeymoon and…nope that’s it. Far from sunny beaches or romantic getaways that newly weds usually go off on, new husband and I packed for a week, got in the car, drove to the Welsh border and spent a week seeking out all the castles and ruined churches we could find. It was great. One day I’ll even write something about all the places we managed to see. So when I was offered the chance to do the same again, this time from the Bluestone Resort in Pembrokeshire, which is within driving distance of 21 castles, Christmas had come early! I jumped at the opportunity to explore the historical attractions of Pembrokeshire with a poor excuse for a camera, two friends, husband and baby in tow. Continue reading Exploring Pembrokeshire from the Bluestone Resort
I’ve written before about how the games Mount and Blade and its sequel, Warband, are a, shall we say challenging, experience for the female character. Set in the fictional kingdom of Calradia during the 13th century this ARPG is practically a medieval simulator. After statting up your character you can go on to raise an army, gain support from neighbouring lords, engage in political intrigue, manage fiefs, I could go on. Continue reading Mount & Blade and the Medieval Marriage
Throughout history the rich, especially royalty have used the medium of stained glass to promote their image. The relationship between monarch and stained glass is explored in depth in The King’s Glass: A Story of Tudor Power and Secret Art (2007) by Carola Hicks if you are interested in such things. It’s a genuinely interesting read about the secret messages woven into public stained glass to spread particular images of the monarch, propaganda almost. I, of course, am interested in the queens who rarely feature as much as their husbands in the public image. So I have collated this gallery of lovers for your viewing pleasure… Continue reading Looking on lovers
Conspiracy theories are a way of life, they’re everywhere. Chances are you could find a conspiracy theory about anything and the Tudors are no exception. Forget wondering whether Elizabeth and Leicester were an item, here we see how not only were they an item, but parents to, amongst others, Shakespeare himself. These are not the most believable theories, but they are
Continue reading Was Elizabeth I a man and other theories…
With the exception of my loyal followers (hello!) the majority of people who read this blog come from googling specific questions. As the Google searches often remain fundamentally the same with some variation in how the question is asked, here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Continue reading Was Mary, Queen of Scots/Anne Boleyn raped and other FAQS
Robin Hood is something of a curse word in the fantaesque household. Many moons ago my boyfriend-now husband decided to write his thesis on the changing media interpretations of the English folk hero and so began his quest to watch every film and TV version of Robin Hood there has ever been. Which happened to include every single sodding episode of Robin of Sherwood. If you have never heard the introductory tune, here it is. Now imagine this, multiple times a day, every day for three months. Welcome to my nightmare.
Continue reading Robin Hood on Film
Unlike most of the posts I write, this one is not tied into something in modern media, I just happened to be researching prostitutes (as one does), and thought I’d share because it’s my blog and why not? Ha!
Researching prostitution during the Middle Ages is not an easy ask, particularly in Medieval England. Prostitution was not necessarily a woman’s sole career choice and there are many examples of women who used prostitution to supplement their everyday income. A lack of centralised law across England provides a consistently different attitude towards prostitutes across the country, an attitude which was already significantly different to that on the continent. As a general rule Europe seemed to be far more lenient and accepting of the occupation as a necessary public utility and, although many countries engaged a policy of restriction, it was aimed against the clientele of the prostitutes and not the prostitutes themselves. In particular married men, clergy and Jews were forbidden to patronise them and faced heavy fines if caught doing so, while the admitting brothel faced no repercussions for allowing them entry.
Continue reading The Medieval Prostitute