A January afternoon after the fall of the Roman Empire.
At Caerwent, modern and classical are speckled together like salt and pepper. On every street and in every field one expects, like Theophile Gautier's Octavian, to meet figures from the ancient past.
Gave another talk today on Britain & the American Civil War 🇬🇧🇺🇸 Not used to being shorn.
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Over 400 years after his death, the great William Shakespeare's works are still generating new ideas, interpretations and creative ventures. Based loosely on the content of several of The Bard's plays, 'The King' tells the story of the death of Henry IV and the painful journey of the new King, both metaphorically and physically, to his destiny in Agincourt...and of the battle and the aftermath. Although not entirely historically accurate, the film captures the grim reality of Britain's struggle with France at the time...and the culminating battle scene is certainly no 'rosy-tinted' heroic advertisement for war. Recommended...
Can I please go live in a palace? 🏰 love exploring historical places now, even though I hated it when I was a child 😅 anybody else totally change their mind about something now they are a ‘grown up’? 🤔
Six hundredth post...so I searched my photos for six hundredth and this was the one that came up(thankfully not a random screenshot of work stuff). I feel that I mentioned this object, just once or twice before ?
Maybe? Maybe not ? Well....Sutton Hoo. 😍😍😍 I can't remember why I was in the case, either training, getting objects ready for filming.
Either way, I have a very chilled look on my face. It's the swan technique. Look great on the surface....panic and nerves below!
Sutton Hoo is and will always be close to my heart. One of the crown Jewel's of the museum. The Sutton Hoo site is quite magical, the work done by the team out there first rate.
Joseph Mallord William Turner, Norham Castle, Sunrise, circa 1845
📍 Tate Britain, London
“Turner first saw Norham, bordering Scotland on the river Tweed in Northumberland, in 1797. He was at the limits of his trip to northern England, when he also visited Buttermere, seen in the painting of nearly fifty years earlier shown nearby. After that first visit he made watercolours showing the ruin at sunrise, and visits in 1801 and 1831 resulted in further views. Here, finally, is one of a series of unfinished, unexhibited paintings reworking his monochrome Liber Studiorum landscape prints. Pure colours rather than contrasting tones express the blazing light as the historic building and landscape merge.” - Tate
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Cowick Barton has a history dating back to 1462.
The present building dates back to 1540.
Most likely built from the stones of Cowick Priory and Church, after they were destroyed by Henry VIII’s destructive Reformation.
Now a public house, it’s menus look pretty good and is on the list to come back and try.
Appropriate reading material to enjoy with my rum and cigar.
Sugar Barons by Matthew Parker tells the fascinating story of how sugar changed the course of world history and its importance to the British Empire. The history of Barbados in particular is a central theme in this book, with Barbados once being the most important sugar producing centre of the British Empire.
Dos Maderas 5+5 contains a blend of rum from Guyana and Barbados. Very fitting.
We are beginning a new series of posts! Every week, we will take a look back into the historical timelines of both Oxford and Cambridge and shine a light on a significant historical event. This week, we’ve chosen the year 1860 in Oxford’s timeline.⠀
1860 marked the opening of the Museum of Natural History. The museum was built to bring together the University’s collection of anatomical and natural history specimens, as they were spread around the city of Oxford across the various colleges at the time. In the same year, a significant debate in the history of evolutionary biology took place in the museum at a meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, whereby representatives of the Church and science debated the subject of evolution. The main protagonists of the debate were Thomas Huxley, a biologist, and Samuel Wilberforce, the Bishop of Oxford.⠀
The debate took place roughly seven months after the publication of Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’, and the debate is best remembered today for a heated exchange, in which Wilberforce supposedly asked Huxley whether it was through his grandfather or his grandmother that he claimed his descent from a monkey! Huxley is said to have replied that he would not be ashamed to have a monkey for his ancestor, but he would be ashamed to be connected with a man who used his great gifts to obscure the truth. These types of exchanges are what made the debate so sensational at the time!⠀
Heptonstall is a historic village with the earliest cottages dating back to the 16c. When Heptonstall was at its peak as a textile community, some cottages were the homes of handloom weavers. These are distinguishable by their rows of upstairs windows, which allowed the weavers as much light as possible by which to work. Leaving the village, you pass the parish church & the ruins of a 15c chapel where the grave of David Hartley can be seen. He was hanged in York in 1770 for counterfeiting gold coins, & he was so successful he almost succeeded in destabilising the country’s currency. The village lies on an old route between Halifax and Burnley with walled lanes leading out to Heptonstall Crags, passing through the South Field of a medieval twin-field farming system, with traces of ridge- &-furrow strips visible in the lawns of some houses. Passing Colden Water, the area here used to be owned by the monks of Fountains Abbey, & they built a number of small watermills in the valley. Heading through Slack, passing a 17c fingerpost indicating 'Burnly', an archaic spelling of Burnley, and along a green lane descending to Hebden Water & crossing it by steppingstones. The deserted mill is named after Abraham Gibson, a cotton spinner, with what was once a toll bridge. The final leg of my route takes me back through the wood where Scots pine, Beech, Birch & Holly can be seen. Crossing the river again by another old toll bridge, heading up a steep track there are excellent views over the town of Hebden Bridge. Steep lanes radiate at all angles with the houses being built tall & narrow in order to make the best use of scarce valley bottom land. A pleasure to walk, bit windy tho. #path#footpaths#ukhikers#historyhike#landscapehistory#visitbritain#getoutside#februinary#history#britishhistory#waymarkers#steppingstones#hike#ukhikersofficial
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As much as I love to read about England during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603), I don't particularly wish I'd lived through it. The constant uncertainty, mysterious sweating sickness, archaic attitudes towards women, & a lack of the modern conveniences we now take for granted (e.g. electricity, wi-fi, a flushing toilet) are just some of the reasons it doesn't appeal to me. Oh, and there's also the small issue of my being an atheist which, at a time when religion was a hot topic of debate, would have me labelled as the "enemy of all".
However, if I were to maybe visit C16th England, this is one of the books I'd be certain to pack. "The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England" by Ian Mortimer immerses the reader in Elizabethan society, going through the experience step-by-step & offering tips & useful information along the way. By the time you turn the final page, you'll have gained enough knowledge about everything from housing & law/punishment to what to eat & how to speak to survive.
It may be packed full of facts & figures yet this book was a relatively easy & entertaining read. Everything is presented in a way that can be understood & grasped by anyone who were to pick up a copy whilst also providing plenty of extra details, tables, & case studies for those who desire more/the self-confessed history nerds. It also balances the sociological aspects with historical context such as wars, politics, plots, etc.
Extensive research has clearly been carried out to produce this work of non-fiction & a wide range of topics are discussed so as to both challenge & correct the preconceived notions some may have about this period of British history. What I found most interesting though were the sections dedicated to language & publishing as well as the discussions around values/attitudes. For example, the words/phrases that have left our vocabulary or altered in meaning (e.g. "house of easement", "counterfeit"), the steady increase in the importance of education/number of publications over the century, & the approaches to foreigners/science/superstition that you can't help but compare to ours today.
Has anyone else read it? What did you think?
"no one can feel more deeply than he does the beauties of nature. The starry sky, the sea, and every sight afforded by these wonderful regions, seems still to have the power of elevating his soul from earth." - Mary Shelley
Have you read Frankenstein? I read it recently and loved it. 🇩🇪 Ich habe endlich Frankenstein gelesen und der @manesse.verlag war so nett mir ein Exemplar aus ihrer Manesse-Bibliothek zu schicken. Das Buch ist äußerlich sehr liebevoll gestalten und mit Fußnoten versehen, welche mir sehr geholfen haben. In dem Buch geht es um Viktor Frankenstein, der im Ingolstadt studiert und über alle Grenzen hinaus ein Wesen wieder zum Leben erweckt. Doch statt eines Durchbruches leidet er unter seiner Entdeckung.
Ich hatte durch die Medien eine ganz andere Vorstellung von dem Buch und bin überrascht, dass es sich hierbei um einen nadenklichen Klassiker handelt, der das Thema Tod und Moral verarbeitet. Es war bis jetzt mein bestes Buch 2020.
We all think we know the Victorians.
Tight-laced, top-hat-wearing prudes, ruled by a miserable Queen.
But what if I told you the Victorians actually had a funny side to them?
Forget everything you think you know about the Victorians and follow me as I show you a side to them that you've never seen before in... 'We Are Very Much Amused, A Lighter Side to the Victorians'
Written and Presented by Michael Koropisz.
Opening only. The full series is still a work in progress.
It looks like there's a new suspect in all of the intrigue at Hampton Court Palace. Who is this mysterious lady and are her intentions naughty or nice? The only way to find out is to join us and put your espionage skills to the test with Elizabeth I and her Spymasters running until Sunday 23 February.
Was what the British called the period between September 3, 1939 and May 10, 1940. Due to a misguided translation of ‘Phoney’ by French war correspondent Roland Dorgelès, in France it became known as ‘Funny War’ (Drôle de Guerre). The few German troops stationed on the western front called it simply the ‘Sitting War’ (Sitzkrieg). To those who fought and died during that period, it was none of those things. Although neither side mounted large scale operations, both suffered a steady stream of casualties as, all along the front, Allied and German Army patrols clashed almost daily in no-man’s land.
On September 7, 1939, the French made a half-hearted attempt to invade Germany known as the Saar Offensive. Of the 40 French Divisions that moved to the border only 12 infantry divisions actually invaded Germany. Against them stood 10 German infantry divisions and the Siegfried Line. A little more than a month later, after the arrival of German reinforcements, the French units retreated back to the safety of the Maginot Line. The campaign cost them 2,000 casualties, the Germans suffered around 700.
In this photo, a British soldier, said to be from the 2nd East Yorkshire Regiment, poses for the camera in a snow suit and improvised camouflage for helmet and rifle. France, 4 February, 1940.
23.30hrs 5th June 1944
The Final Embarkation: Four 'stick' commanders of 22nd Independent Parachute Company, British 6th Airborne Division, synchronising their watches in front of an Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle of 295 Squadron, No 38 Group, Royal Air Force, at about 23.30 on the 5th of June, just prior to take off from RAF Harwell, Oxfordshire.
This pathfinder unit parachuted into Normandy in advance of the rest of the division in order to mark out the landing zones, and these officers, (left to right, - Lieutenants, Bobby de Lautour, Don Wells, John Vischer and Bob Midwood), were among the first Allied troops to land in France.
The stick parachuted onto the DZ shortly after midnight, and came under heavy fire almost immediately on landing.
They were tasked with 'marking' the drop zone for the 1st Canadian and 9th Parachute Battalions at DZ "V", but all the radar and visual beacons were either lost or damaged. Nevertheless, they were successfully able to join up with Lieutenant-Colonel Terence Otway’s 9th Battalion, prior to the assault on the Merville Battery.
Bob Midwood sustained injuries while jumping onto the DZ but continued to take part in operations including commanding a patrol to protect a REME recovery section working on an LZ and marking drop zones for supply drops.
He was evacuated to 86 General Hospital on 19 June to have his injuries treated.
Bob Midwood returned to active service and was wounded for a second time, in January 1945, during the Ardennes campaign.
Acting Captain de Lautour died on 20 June 1944 aged 27 years old, from wounds sustained earlier in the Normandy conflict. He was awarded a posthumous Mention in Despatches on 22 March 1945, for actions in Normandy. He is now buried at Ranville War Cemetery, Normandy.
#ad -gifted | If you are a history buff and know anything about the end of the war then you are bound to know at least something about the Codebreakers and Bletchley Park.
We watched the film The Imitation Game a few years ago and was astounded by the work the Codebreakers did.
Some of the children have been doing work about the War at school so it seemed like the perfect opportunity for a day out over half term to visit Bletchley Park and see for ourselves.
We were given 2 complimentary adult tickets (children under 12 go free) in go to Bletchley Park and share our experience online.
The Beans loved all the interactive exhibits at the start of the centre. It really helped them to understand how the decoders worked and being a girl guide/Cub and Beaver they also got excited about the use of morse code as it is something they have come across themselves.
The highlight for me was seeing one of the bombe machines in the actual location where Alan Turing and Gordon Welchman broke the Enigma codes. These machines completely blew my mind!!
Over half term BP are holding family tours which last around 45 mins leaving you time to explore the rest of this fascinating site.
We used the Interactive Audio Guides too which are fantastic for adults and children alike.
Perhaps the most iconic landmark in London, Tower Bridge is certainly one of the most stunning bridges
It was designed in the Gothic style by Sir Horace Jones in 1884, and officially opened in the summer of 1894. The first stone was laid by the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who became King Edward VII 7 years later
A draw bridge/suspension bridge, it was primarily built for pedestrian access due to commercial development in the East End. To also allow bigger ships to pass up and down the Thames, it had to be built as a draw bridge or bascule bridge ⛵
There’s definitely been an earlier sunrise and brighter sky this morning and I am so excited for it to continue ☀️ Days out exploring, dog walking, out on the motorbike, holidays, bring on Summer! Anyone else excited, no? Just me? Ok then 😄😆
68 years on the Throne. Queen Elizabeth II is here with the next 3 Generations of King.
Did you know Her Majesty the Queen never celebrate the day she came to the Throne because it reminds her the death of her father?
Shoutout to late King George VI, may you Rest In Peace.
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Happy Wednesday, we had such a lovely day exploring castle ruins yesterday. We also purchased an English Heritage Pass to go alongside our National Trust Pass. We do love, a good day out and visiting new places ❤️ .
If you have any recommendations, within a couple of hours of Cheshire, let me know below 😘
In the 19th century, it became popular to use the phrase “the sun never sets on the British Empire”. It was a time when British world maps showed the Empire in red and pink to highlight British imperial power spanning the globe. Scottish author, John Wilson, writing as "Christopher North" in Blackwood's Magazine in 1829, is sometimes credited as originating the usage. However, George Macartney wrote in 1773, in the wake of the territorial expansion that followed Britain's victory in the Seven Years' War, of "this vast empire on which the sun never sets, and whose bounds nature has not yet ascertained." In a speech on 31 July 1827, Rev. R. P. Buddicom said, "It had been said that the sun never set on the British flag; it was certainly an old saying, about the time of Richard the Second, and was not so applicable then as at the present time." In 1821, the Caledonian Mercury wrote of the British Empire, "On her dominions the sun never sets; before his evening rays leave the spires of Quebec, his morning beams have shone three hours on Port Jackson, and while sinking from the waters of Lake Superior, his eye opens upon the Mouth of the Ganges." Daniel Webster famously expressed a similar idea in 1834: "A power which has dotted over the surface of the whole globe with her possessions and military posts, whose morning drumbeat, following the sun and keeping company with the hours, circles the earth with one continuous and unbroken strain of the martial airs of England." In 1839, Sir Henry Ward said in the House of Commons, "Look at the British Colonial empire—the most magnificent empire that the world ever saw. The old Spanish boast that the sun never set in their dominions, has been more truly realised amongst ourselves." ➡️ Follow @educational.history.memes for more memes with in-depth historical captions
Happy New Year with Queen Victoria, 1842.
This official portrait and its pendant depicting Prince Albert (RCIN 401412) were the first to be commissioned by Queen Victoria and her husband from the German artist Franx Xaver Winterhalter, who would become their favoured contemporary painter and would produce over one hundred works in oil for his royal patrons between 1842 and 1871. Winterhalter was recommended to the Queen by Queen Louise of the Belgians, wife of her uncle Leopold, who described the artist in a letter to Queen Victoria as 'an excellent man full of zeal for his art, of goodwill, obligingness and real modesty' (RA VIC/ MAIN/ Y/ 9/ 77). He first arrived in London in May 1842 and returned each summer or autumn for six or seven weeks for many years.
Queen Victoria wears a white silk and lace evening dress with a number of items of jewellery of significant sentimental value. The sapphire and diamond brooch pinned to her bodice was a wedding gift from Prince Albert. The sapphire and diamond tiara is unconventionally worn at the back of the head over the fashionable plaited and looped hairstyle. Probably designed by the Prince in the year the portrait was painted, the tiara is said to have been inspired by a portrait of Henrietta Maria in the manner of Van Dyck (London, National Portrait Gallery, no. 1247). The necklace is probably the locket containing Prince Albert's hair which had been a gift from Queen Louise of the Belgians. The spray of roses held by the Queen is also strikingly reminiscent of Van Dyck's English portraits. The extravagant use of lace reflects the Queen's known desire to encourage British producers such as those in Honiton.
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• Beeston Castle, Cheshire • A very striking ruin built on a rocky sandstone crag in Cheshire with views out to the Welsh mountains. This commanding castle was built in the 1220s by Ranulf of Chester on his return from the Crusades. Ranulf is considered as one of the last relics of the powerful aristocracy that was established post-conquest. His castle had no living quarters as its purpose was purely military. No keep was built either, as the castle made use of the sheer rock upon which it was built as a natural defence. It stands 350m tall above the Cheshire plain and in medieval documents, Beeston Castle was referred to as Castellum de Rupe - the Castle on the Rock.
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The Wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert - The Young Victoria (film) and Victoria series by ITV