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, 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

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

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

The Medieval Prostitute

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… Continue reading The Medieval Prostitute

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

Biographical, Stuart History

‘Cold’ Arabella

To Mrs Arabella Hunt Dear Madam –Not believe that I love you? You cannot pretend to be so incredulous. If you do not believe my tongue, consult my eyes, consult your own. You will find by yours that they have charms; by mine that i have a heart which feel them. Recall to mind what… Continue reading ‘Cold’ Arabella

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