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

Introducing…MyLifeIsHistory.com!

It has been a long time in coming, but I have great news! I now own the domain name for My Life is History so it has now become MyLifeIsHistory.com! I have been away for a while, but rest assured this weekend I will be posting two articles: one about Tintagel Castle and the other

The New News You Never Expected

If you had asked me earlier this year, say around March, about my plans in six months, I would have had the deer-in-the-headlights look of “I’ll be darned if I know”. Why’s that? The last month or so have been busy, very busy. As in life-changingly busy.

A Castle A Week: Kenilworth Castle

The castle of this week’s post is Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire in the English Midlands. It is one of the more famous castles in Britain, namely for the romantic nostalgia surrounding it. Such nostalgia becomes apparent in the Mary Darwell poem “Elegy on the Ruins of Kenilworth Castle”:

Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit Museum in the Works?

If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings films, you might be glad to know that a museum dedicated to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit is a distinct possibility in Wellington, New Zealand. According to Stuff.co.nz, a deal may have been reached where a museum will be opened in

A Castle A Week: Alnwick Castle

How would you like to visit Hogwarts? I mean, the real-life castle of Hogwarts? Oh wait, do you think I mean the Hogwarts? Like, the same one Harry Potter attended? Not that one; I’m sorry for the confusion. Here’s Hogwarts:

A Castle A Week: Conwy Castle

Easily one of the most recognizable castles in the United Kingdom, Conwy Castle in Gwynedd, Wales, is one of the most well-preserved and beautiful castles in the world. King Edward I built this castle in the mid to late-1280s under the supervision of James of St. George, who eventually went on to become Edward’s Master

A Castle A Week: Lancaster Castle

(Editor’s note: I recently decided to pull a secondary blog I had from the internet. Titled “Of Castles and Crowns”, I originally started it with the intention of posting about one castle a week. Unfortunately I do not have the time to commit to that so as I reblog all of those posts, I will

This Week in History: The Founding of the Smithsonian Institution

A new segment I am rolling out slowly but surely is a quick snapshot of an important event in history each week. This week, I will be discussing the creation of the Smithsonian Institution. Comprised of nineteen museums, galleries, etc., the Smithsonian Institution is the largest museum complex in the world. It was founded in