GLIMPSES OF THE PAST

April 16, 2019

'Bonnie Prince Charles' had been waiting most of his life for the right time to fight for his throne. Prince William Duke of Cumberland, soon to be nicknamed 'The Butcher', had only waited four months for the right time to deny Bonnie Prince Charles that same right. He...

April 14, 2019

On 1 September 1985, a Franco-American expedition led by Robert Ballard discovered a wreck lying 12,500 feet below the surface, 600 kms south-southeast of Newfoundland. The bow was still recognizable with many preserved interiors, despite deterioration and damage susta...

December 10, 2018

After a recent trip to Warwick Castle and the subsequent discovery of a photo taken through the latticed window of the chapel, I have became almost obsessed with it. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, this photo is worth a second look because through my eyes, I can...

November 7, 2018

At 2.05am, Monday 11 November 1918, a document emerged from a railway carriage stationed in the Forest of Compiegne. It was the Armistice Agreement and Germany's delegates were close to accepting the terms. After three days of talks, the German delegation stated they w...

November 3, 2018

To understand Guy Fawkes night, or Bonfire Night as it has been called, you have to go back a bit to understand why it happened. King James I had inherited the throne and England had changed dramatically since the Tudors. 

From the very beginning, Parliam...

October 13, 2018

There would have been a lot of ‘what if’s’ in King Harold’s life. What if William Duke of Normandy hadn’t been held up by bad weather in France for eight months and what if his brother Tosig and Harald Harada of Norway had not decided to invade England at the very same...

September 25, 2018

The year was 1066 and it will be a date remembered in history for all time. Edward the Confessor's death in January of that year, at the age of sixty-two, set into motion a series of disastrous events that would change the history of England forever.  

There was no...

September 3, 2018

If any dynasty, more so than others, would have felt prickles of apprehension running down their spine as 3rd September approached, it would have been the Stuarts and their descendants. For them, the date seems to carry an omen predicting death.

Let’s step back to the w...

August 31, 2018

Even from a distance of 130 years, the nightmarish facts of the Jack the Ripper killings make for unsettling reading. But for the residents of the Victorian capital, the case was far more visceral. 

The name ‘Jack the Ripper’ first originated in a letter sent to a Londo...

August 23, 2018

On 23rd August 1305, William Wallace was taken from Westminster hall, stripped naked and dragged backwards through the city at the heels of a horse to the Elms at Smithfield. He was hung but released while he was still alive. He was castrated, eviscerated and his bowel...

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