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

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

Tudor

Anne Boleyn’s Love Letters

Part of Anne Boleyn’s mystery is that we have so little evidence directly relating to Anne from which we can draw conclusions about what she was like as a person. Even though she became Queen of England what we don’t know about Anne Boleyn could fill volumes compared to the surprisingly little we do know.… Continue reading Anne Boleyn’s Love Letters

Review, Tudor

The Mistresses of Henry VIII – Kelly Hart

The Mistresses of Henry VIII (2009) The Mistresses of Henry VIII attests that while the lives and personalities of Henry VIII and his six wives are well documented, Henry was involved in numerous affairs with women who have been largely forgotten by history. Hart’s book claims to ‘rescue’ these women from ‘obscurity’ relating the tales… Continue reading The Mistresses of Henry VIII – Kelly Hart

Article, Biographical

The Mistresses who would be Queen

The position of royal mistress, even a recognised maîtresse en titre was fraught with difficulties. The lucky, or perhaps more aptly, unlucky woman would have to work tirelessly to maintain the king’s interest. She would have to dispose of rivals without reducing herself to nagging the king or displeasing him in any way lest she… Continue reading The Mistresses who would be Queen

Biographical, Review

The Encyclopedia of Mistresses – Dawn B. Sova

The Encyclopedia of Mistresses: An Under-the-Covers Look at the “Other Women” of History’s Most Influential Men. (2001) In an ambitious project, Dawn B. Sova put together The Encyclopedia of Mistresses in 1993, which as you might expect is a collection of encyclopaedic-esque entries for women who have gone down in history as ‘the other woman,’… Continue reading The Encyclopedia of Mistresses – Dawn B. Sova

Biographical, Stuart History

The Courtesans of Charles II

'The Merry Monarch’ was very merry indeed. Known for his love of partying and women Charles II brought fun back to England in a big, big way. Even before his return to England however, Charles was having fun in his own way, mostly with women. He acknowledged over a dozen illegitimate children with several mistresses,… Continue reading The Courtesans of Charles II

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