The First Feminists (Early Modern Empowerment)

Sometimes when I'm browsing in Waterstones, Foyles and other similar shops, I come across books entitled 'Famous Feminists of History', or 'A Complete Guide to Feminism's History' or even '10 Women in History'. What I am unfortunately disappointed in, is that these books only ever go back as far as the 19th and 20th centuries. … Continue reading The First Feminists (Early Modern Empowerment)

My undying love for: SIX THE MUSICAL

I am a proud, and self-proclaimed Tudor nerd. I am completely obsessed with their dynasty and the period in which they ruled; I have watched almost every Tudor-related film and read copious amounts of Tudor fiction. On top of this, I am a gigantic musical theatre fan. My friend once refused to let me pick … Continue reading My undying love for: SIX THE MUSICAL

The Tradition of Misunderstanding Cats: Animal Histories Dissected

I am without a shadow of a doubt, a Cat person. They are by far my favourite animal, and though I love dogs, I feel cats are especially underrated in the pets department. Over the years I've encountered many people with an avid dislike for Cats, they're too aggressive, too aloof, too high maintenance, the … Continue reading The Tradition of Misunderstanding Cats: Animal Histories Dissected

My Favourite Tudor Fiction: C.J. Sansom’s Tombland Review

As you can imagine, I have read my fair share of Tudor fiction over the years. For me the perfect Tudor fiction has enough intrigue, excitement and storytelling to engage the reader; but at the same time is factual, informative and historically correct (for the most part) to educate the reader. The author who I … Continue reading My Favourite Tudor Fiction: C.J. Sansom’s Tombland Review

Reflecting on LGBTQ History Month

Last term I took a module entitled 'Gross Indecency to Gay Marriage? Gender and Sexual Minorities 1885 to the Present'. The module focused on the experience and persecution of the LGBTQ community and it was eye-opening, frustrating and really really interesting. When I told my mum about it, I remember she asked me 'But how is … Continue reading Reflecting on LGBTQ History Month

The renewed responsibilities of Public Histories.

For the longest time, I held the belief that Public histories were not just a commendable, but a vital part of the promotion of history in the 21st century. It is undeniable that books, films and television shows are brilliant forums to engage the wider public in periods and events from the past. However, recently … Continue reading The renewed responsibilities of Public Histories.

The Unequivocal Importance of Animal Histories: Whales

In my Second Year studying History at Birmingham, I was introduced to Animal Histories for the first time. As an enthusiastic supporter of animal welfare this was quite literally the perfect topic for me, and I took to it immediately. The study and research of animals within the narrative of the past should, in my opinion, … Continue reading The Unequivocal Importance of Animal Histories: Whales

My favourite version of Elizabeth I.

From the age of about seven, I knew with absolute certainty that I loved history. I was never overly excited or passionate in the classroom itself, but I was completely enthralled with learning about people in the past, their lives and deaths. My first (and lifelong) fascination was with Elizabeth I. To this day, I … Continue reading My favourite version of Elizabeth I.

Falling in love with Emilia Bassano.

"evill disposed men, doe like Vipers deface the wombes wherein they were bred" Waiting to be served in Shakespeare's The Globe giftshop, I noticed a postcard that caught my attention. The quote above was written in a bold red font, advertising the Globe's newest play: Emilia. Written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, based on the life of … Continue reading Falling in love with Emilia Bassano.