Category: British

Daily History Byte: Norman women: the power behind the thrones

This article touches on four important Norman women: Gunnor, Emma of Normandy, Matilda of Flanders, and Sichelgata. History isn’t just about men but also about the women behind, beside, and in front of them. History tends to focus on kings, warriors and bishops – but a number of 11th-century women were hugely influential in war,

Daily History Byte: The forgotten men of the London Underground

The London Underground celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013. Click the link below to learn more about the history of the subway system in London as well as a link to a book you can purchase for more information. Remembering the ‘navvies’, the men tasked with the dangerous and back-breaking work of building the London

Daily History Byte: The big debate: Was Edward II really murdered?

There are many mysteries in English history. One of them concerns the death of King Edward II. Most claim he died in 1327 (either by starvation or having a red-hot rod shoved in a most inconvenient location), and there are others who believe Edward survived well into the 1330s. In 2005, the bestselling historian Ian Mortimer

Daily History Byte: Researcher Unearths a Trove of New Shakespeare Documents

William Shakespeare remains one of the most enigmatic playwrights in history. A recently-discovered trove of documents indicates that Shakespeare sought to better himself as many of his contemporaries did. Archival papers show the Bard was interested in improving his social status. Source: Researcher Unearths a Trove of New Shakespeare Documents | Smart News | Smithsonian

Reflections on Richard III

I have followed the progress of Richard III over the past two-and-a-half years with great interest ever since archaeologists discovered the body in September 2012 amidst the ruins of Greyfriars Church in Leicester, UK. Last week. after heated debates surrounding his reburial, he was reinterred at Leicester Cathedral with ceremony due a deceased monarch (those

When Twitter+History=Awesome: #AskHenryVIII

I have been on Twitter (@a_williams06 and @MyLifeIsHistory) for over four years now, and I find it awesome. I use my personal account to keep tabs on friends, institutions, favorite artists and celebrities, causes I care about, etc. My “professional” account (the one I use for this blog) is used for following Twitter accounts that

The Holing Game: The Curious Case of Hole v. White

(Editor’s note: This submission is from an English friend of mine, Hannah. I met Hannah when I studied in England in 2010, and she became one of my closest friends (especially because we were in the Lancaster University History Society together, and, well, that is awesome!) In early modern England slander and libel were a

This Week in History: The Death of Jane Seymour

It could be said that King Henry VIII of England went through wives like tissues. I mean, seriously! After Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn (his first and second wives respectively) kicked the bucket in 1536, good ol’ King Hal wed Lady Jane Seymour, daughter of Sir John Seymour of Wolf Hall in Wiltshire (a