Henry III (1216-1272)Henry came to the throne at aged nine in the year 1216, making him one of the youngest monarchs in British history. Despite this, he did not assume the role of king until he was twenty years old. Throughout his formative years the young king was mentored by a series of nobles and... Continue Reading →
The Plantagenet Kings ruled England for over 300 years, from the 12th to 15th century's. In chronological order let's explore England's most famous line of monarchs.
New Zealand, a land of epic scenery, seemingly unconquerable sportsmen, and - if we're throwing in some stereotypes - sheep. New Zealand however takes the prize for being the first self-governing nation in history to grant all women the vote. On September 19th 1893, after several years of petitioning and campaigning by the suffrage movement,... Continue Reading →
Today marks the first occasion in which tanks were deployed on the battlefield. In an effort to break the stalemate of trench warfare, it was hoped that tanks would add a new dynamic to the battlefield during the First World War, allowing battalions to advance with higher confidence and through the torrid terrain they often... Continue Reading →
Is the American Dream dying? What made America great seems to be fading away with each passing year.
September 11th is, in the modern mind, often associated with the ghastly events that occurred in New York, and rightly so. However this day also marks the moment in which Scotland rose to the challenge of English might and achieved a crushing victory over their oppressive neighbours. The years preceding this event are marked with... Continue Reading →
As the saying goes, "Rome wasn't built in a day", and the successive campaigns to control the Italian peninsula took quite some time. In its formative years as a republic, Rome as a city state expanded locally but its greatest weakness came in the form of natural defences. With such little landmass surrounding the city,... Continue Reading →
Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast is arguably one of my all-time favourites. From his observations of The Reformation to the fall of the Assyrian Empire, The Mongols to the political upheaval of the Cold War, he never fails to amaze you. In this edition he looks at Caesar in Gaul as well as the cultural... Continue Reading →
Watching the Game of Thrones season finale, I couldn't help but think about George R.R Martin's inspiration behind several events in the series, as well as the cultural identities of certain people's within it. The Northerners, one would imagine, represent the people's of the north of England. Hardy, steadfast folk who, despite dealing with southerners... Continue Reading →