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, 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

Medieval England

Robin Hood on Film

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… Continue reading Robin Hood on Film

Biographical, Naval History

Pirate Women in the Caribbean

The Golden Age of Piracy was an entirely male dominated affair for a number of reasons. On the most practical level women generally lacked the physical strength to endure the brutal back breaking labour men participated in, daily, while at sea. While Gibbs of Pirates of the Caribbean might declare that having a woman aboard… Continue reading Pirate Women in the Caribbean

Article, Tudor

The Tudors, Artistic Licence and Outright Fictions

I love The Tudors, I probably shouldn’t, but I really do. The history is so ridiculous and mashed together and I wonder why at various times they make up stuff when the actual history is far more interesting and dramatic, but the acting is good and the costumes are stunning. It would take far, far… Continue reading The Tudors, Artistic Licence and Outright Fictions

Early-Christian History, Review

Katherine of Alexandria/Decline of an Empire

I have a lot of time to catch up on films and television series at the moment, so there’s that at least. Recently I watched Katherine of Alexandria (or Decline of an Empire depending on which part of the world you are from). I was really looking forward to watching this as female hagiography (saints’… Continue reading Katherine of Alexandria/Decline of an Empire

20th Century, Review

Saving Mr Banks

I use Grammarly's plagiarism checker because I wouldn't last in plagiarism prison Disclaimer: I love Disney. If I went on Mastermind my specialist subject would be the history of the Walt Disney studios. So much so that when I saw a poster for the recent release Saving Mr Banks (2013) documenting the story around the… Continue reading Saving Mr Banks

20th Century, Article

The History of: The King’s Speech

Right, normal blogging resuming in 5,4,3,2... My most recent article The History of: The Young Victoria touches on the role of Prince Albert in modernising the monarchy with the advent of new inventions. This theme continues in The King’s Speech (2010) showing the monarchy having to adapt to the popularity of radio and the rising… Continue reading The History of: The King’s Speech