GLIMPSES OF THE PAST

July 25, 2019

On November 20, 1861, Matilda Scheurer, a 19-year-old artificial flower maker, died of “accidental” poisoning. The formerly healthy, “good-looking” young woman worked for Mr. Bergeron in central London, along with a hundred other employees. She “fluffed” artificial lea...

July 24, 2019

When writing and researching material for 'Victoria to Vikings - The Circle of Blood', my sole purpose was to unearth stories concerning the British monarchy, post Queen Victoria. It was a massive undertaking involving abdications, assassinations, both World War 1 and...

May 5, 2019

The story of Warwick Castle is incredible and it's almost as old as the history of England itself. This stunning castle has been home to many medieval warriors, royal mistresses and even a Hollywood actor. It’s big and it’s beautiful but it has a nasty habit of bringin...

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...

April 10, 2019

Almost forgotten in history is the name of Queen Victoria’s grandson and heir to the British throne, the handsome Prince Albert Victor, or ‘Eddy’ as his family called him. Eddy had an illustrious future ahead of him, yet by the time of his premature death in 1892, he h...

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...

October 11, 2018

Picture this. A bright moon is rising between layers of heavy black cloud illuminating trembling trees that loom out of the darkness, their branches reaching into the sky like stripped bones. There's a penetrating chill in the air and a profound sense of foreboding per...

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...

July 7, 2018

On 7th July 1456, an appellate court declared Joan of Arc innocent of any crimes. Unfortunately for Joan, they were 25 years too late. By then, she had already been abandoned to the English by the ungrateful King Charles VII of France who had no more use for her. She h...

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