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Student Project: Tudor Doublet

Dear (now former) Class, One of your classmates sewed a Tudor-style doublet using historical patterns and techniques as part of her final research paper project.  She has generously agreed to let me share some of her work with you. Here … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Doctor Who

In the BBC series Doctor Who’s season 3 episode 3 the Doctor and his then companion Martha travel to the year 1599. In this episode the pair had to save William Shakespeare. The Doctor and Martha experience the lifestyle of … Continue reading

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The Society of King Charles the Martyr.

First off, The Society of King Charles the Martyr was founded 1894 as ‘a Church Defence Union under the banner of the Martyr-King.’ The SKCM is actually the oldest society that is associated with Charles Stuart. As the title of … Continue reading

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On This Day in History: September 3rd

In the second to final lecture, a familiar date seemed to be popping up quite a bit: September 3rd. I found it interesting that within a 45 minute lecture covering the Glorious Revolution, September 3rd appeared at least three times. … Continue reading

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Who is the Current Monarch of the United Kingdom?

Who is the current Monarch of the United Kingdom?  I mean, besides myself, obviously.  If you (like 99.9% of the population) accept the legitimacy of the Glorious Revolution and the current Hanoverian/Windsor Dynasty, then the answer is Queen Elizabeth II.  But if … Continue reading

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The Leviathan is Hefty

This summer, I had the privilege of holding a first edition copy of Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan. It was downright terrifying; there were no gloves, no preservation measures, just me and the book (and its caretakers, watching intently off to the … Continue reading

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The Royal Menagerie

Well before the London Zoo was created the reigning royal houses kept a menagerie at the Tower of London for their entertainment since the at least the thirteenth century. Throughout the ages the Tower of London had house eagles, lions, … Continue reading

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Harold Godwinson

The clash of 1066 between William the Conqueror and Harold Godwinson had widespread ramifications. In the book, The English Heritage, it states that it is almost a certainty that Edward the Confessor had promised, or at the very least mentioned, … Continue reading

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John Locke and the Two Treatises of Government.

John Locke was a political scientist writing in the late 17th century whose works would become very influential indeed. Locke’s primary writings emerge from a curious point in history. The Two Treatises of Government were written sometime before the deposing … Continue reading

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Crusader Kings 2 and What it Taught Me about British History

It was some time back in October when I purchased the computer game Crusader Kings 2. The game is set in Medieval Europe and starts in the year 1066 which is one thanks to playing so much I will now … Continue reading

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