Henry VII & The Pretenders

On the 22nd August 1485 a 331 year old dynasty came to an end with the death of the last Plantagenet, King Richard III. His death at the Battle of Bosworth changed everything for his successor Henry Tudor, now known as King Henry VII. For Henry this brought to an end years of exile in … Continue reading Henry VII & The Pretenders

The Olympians

Here in the 21st century Greek mythology continues to hold our attention. These ancient stories have provided inspiration for a number of recent novels like Rick Riodan's Percy Jackson saga, Madeline Miller's Song of Achilles and Circe and Natalie Haynes' A Thousand Ships. They've also provided inspiration for Hollywood, where these ancient stories become blockbusters … Continue reading The Olympians

Recommendation: ‘The House of Clarence’ by Alison Weir

Recently on Twitter I came across author and historian Alison Weir's kind offer to send history fans a copy of 'The House of Clarence' as a nice distraction during the UK lockdown. It's a short biography sent as a word.doc focusing on George, Duke of Clarence (brother of Edward IV and Richard III) and his … Continue reading Recommendation: ‘The House of Clarence’ by Alison Weir

Snapshot of History: The Imperial Fabergé Eggs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X74vaKXnGVA   What do you make of these extraordinary easter eggs? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! Never want to miss a post? Sign up to my mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/gDpJjb (I promise no spam!) [SCRIPT] Happy Easter everyone! On Easter day 135 years ago, an incredibly extravagant Easter present was given to … Continue reading Snapshot of History: The Imperial Fabergé Eggs

Recommendation: Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

"An epic of love, hatred, war and revolution" Covering the period 1911-1924 Ken Follett's 2010 novel 'Fall of Giants' follows 5 families in Wales, England, Germany, Russia & the USA as they navigate their lives before, during and after the First World War... Follett does a fantastic job of weaving these very different families together, … Continue reading Recommendation: Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

Trailblazers: Christine de Pizan (GUEST POST: @galleryofthecityofladies)

When Some Sources Say asked me to write a post about a female trailblazer for ‘Women’s History Month’ Christine de Pizan came instantly to mind. She was the inspiration behind my Instagram account ‘Gallery of the City of Ladies’ and is widely thought to be the ‘First professional woman of letters in Europe’.   Christine … Continue reading Trailblazers: Christine de Pizan (GUEST POST: @galleryofthecityofladies)