Coming Soon…

A rough preface for an upcoming paper:  There appears, in contemporary England, to be two significant and intertwining developments: on the one hand, one sees the rapid growth of ‘new Atheism’, those fervent sceptics led by the ‘Four Horsemen’ that are Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and the late Hitchens. On the other, there appears to be…

America’s War with Spain

That rather small image there (still trying to work out why WordPress is making my images quite so small) is the USS Maine – one of the US Navy’s proudest and most advanced armoured war ships – as it stood after the curious destruction on the evening of 15 February 1898. Two months later, on…

From Elizabeth to James

We all know about Elizabeth the Virgin Queen. Fewer historical characters have been so highly praised in popular media. The same is true for the rest of the Tudors – it would be rather difficult to find a child today leaving primary school without the Tudor succession engraved in their minds. Masculine Henry VIII, weak…

Understanding Cavendish’s Life of Wolsey

George Cavendish, born 1494 to father Thomas [1], spent his younger life studying as biographer and poet at the University of Cambridge until entering the service of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in c.1521 as gentleman usher[2]. It was a role Cavendish would keep until Wolsey’s death at Leicester nine years later. It was not until approximately fourteen…

Where is the Male Witch?

Halloween is just around the corner, so what better place to start than a fun and spooky essay? Here’s a quick mental exercise: picture a witch in your head. Just for a few minutes. What do you see? Long, pointy nose? Large wart? A woman? An old woman? Strange sn’t it, in a field of study largely…

Welcome

History is my passion. From the Ancient Greeks to the Arab Spring of 2010, incredible stories of intrigue and mystery, of hope and surprises, even of romance and comedy, spill forward for the historian to try to understand. They are stories that ask us to think critically, to question our assumptions and cast away our…