Ancient History

Amanitore and the Nubian Queens

Developer Firaxis has revealed that the next nation to be added to the Civilization VI roster is *fanfare* Nubia. The latest addition is based around production bonuses, which fits with their chosen leader; Queen (or rather,Kandake) Amanitore. So let's take a look at the Nubian kingdom, its tradition of badass Kandakes and why Amanitore is a strange choice of ruler for the… Continue reading Amanitore and the Nubian Queens

20th Century, British History, Naval History, Nazi Germany

The History Behind: Dunkirk (2017)

Christopher Nolan's latest Blockbuster has finally, finally hit UK cinemas and it was worth the wait. Portraying the evacuation of the British army from France in 1940, the film contains minimal dialogue, using instead, dramatic visuals to propel events forward. The end result is an experience so immersive and realistic that one Dunkirk veteran was… Continue reading The History Behind: Dunkirk (2017)

Article, British History

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ and The Battle of Badon Hill

*Post contains details of the introductory sequence of Transformers: The Last Knight* The year is 2007 and younger me is in a library comparing two documents. One is a translation from Latin, the other written in old Welsh; both refer to a battle at somewhere called Badon. Younger me wonders if this knowledge will ever… Continue reading ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ and The Battle of Badon Hill

Article, Tudor

The Nine Days of the Nine Day Queen

While we know her as the 'Nine Day Queen', Lady Jane Grey would probably have passed into history as an irrelevant, albeit intelligent, Tudor cousin had it not been for the ambitious machinations of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. Having schemed his way to the position of Lord Protector during the reign of young Edward… Continue reading The Nine Days of the Nine Day Queen

Tudor

The Virgin Queen’s “Virgins”

While Elizabeth I's reputation as the Virgin Queen has been in question since her own lifetime, the ladies around her certainly didn't aspire to the virginal state, despite their mistresses repeated lectures on the matter. It's not known exactly why Elizabeth shied away from taking a husband, though theories range from witnessing her father's violently… Continue reading The Virgin Queen’s “Virgins”

Article, Medieval England, Wars of the Roses

The History of Cersei’s Walk of Shame

Spoiler warning: Game of Thrones Season 5 finale. Sunday's (in my opinion rather lacklustre) Game of Thrones finale saw one of the more talked about scenes of the series; Cersei's “walk of shame”. Stripped completely naked with her hair shaved off, Cersei walked through the city of King's Landing, to the taunts and jeers of… Continue reading The History of Cersei’s Walk of Shame

20th Century, Article, Biographical, Medieval England, Stuart History, Tudor

The Second-Borns who took the Throne

21 months ago I posted this as we waited for the announcement of the royal baby's name. They beat me to it this year though, and last week we heard that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Recent changes to the law assure that Charlotte's place in the succession… Continue reading The Second-Borns who took the Throne

Medieval England

Mount & Blade and the Medieval Marriage

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… Continue reading Mount & Blade and the Medieval Marriage

Article, Medieval England, Tudor, Wars of the Roses

Looking on lovers

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… Continue reading Looking on lovers