Joan of Arc, for Fascists and Feminists | JSTOR Daily

Today, Joan of Arc is one of the patron saints of France, but that’s not all. Within France, she is also a symbol of reactionary nationalism, venerated by the Far Right long before she was canonized. Outside France, though, Joan has been more of a heroine of feminism and androgyny, especially in Britain and…

Source: Joan of Arc, for Fascists and Feminists | JSTOR Daily

Lambert Simnel and Edward V | Matt’s History Blog

pitt-006-hardback-dust-jacket-bookshelfWhen I wrote The Survival of the Princes in the Tower, I posited a theory, one of many alternatives offered. This particular idea has grown on me ever since, and I find myself unable to shake it off. I’m beginning to convince myself that the 1487 Lambert Simnel Affair was never an uprising in favour of Edward, Earl of Warwick, as history tells us. I think I’m certain I believe it was a revolt in support of Edward V, the elder of the Princes in the Tower. Sounds crazy? Just bear with me…

via Lambert Simnel and Edward V | Matt’s History Blog

From royal trumpeter to chief diver, Miranda Kaufmann uncovers the Africans of Tudor Britain

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A 16TH-CENTURY PORTRAIT OF AN AFRICAN MAN BY JAN MOSTAERT

As Kaufmann writes “it is vital to understand that the British Isles have always been peopled by immigrants”.

via From royal trumpeter to chief diver, Miranda Kaufmann uncovers the Africans of Tudor Britain

All in the details – A visit to Haddon Hall II

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Other than the Elizabethan connection, we really had, at that point, no idea why we had felt the need to visit Haddon Hall. We knew little about the place, apart from the legend of the romantic elopement of Dorothy Vernon and the fact that ‘ye harmytt’ of Cratcliffe Crags had supplemented his hermit’s income by supplying rabbits to…

via All in the details – A visit to Haddon Hall II | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

All in the details – A visit to Haddon Hall II | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

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Other than the Elizabethan connection, we really had, at that point, no idea why we had felt the need to visit Haddon Hall. We knew little about the place, apart from the legend of the romantic elopement of Dorothy Vernon…

via All in the details – A visit to Haddon Hall II | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

A visit to Haddon Hall | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

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Every time we had driven past Haddon Hall, I had the feeling we needed to go there. The feeling bugged me a bit, as stately homes have not really been part of our research. We tend to be drawn to the landscape and sites things five thousand years old, rather than five hundred, so I could not see why…

via A visit to Haddon Hall | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Shakespeare and Greenwich | The Shakespeare blog

The remains of the Tudor palace at Greenwich

There is something special about the place where important events took place, no matter how long ago. Even where there are no remaining signs on the ground people still visit: perhaps the draw is that these sites make us use our imaginations so strongly.

It’s always surprising to find bits of the London that Shakespeare knew beneath…

Source: Shakespeare and Greenwich | The Shakespeare blog

The mysterious Tudor epidemic that killed thousands… – EverythingTudorBlog

Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Euricius Cordus (1486-1535);

In August 1485, Henry Tudor had just won his crown from Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth field. By October of the same year, several thousand of his subjects would be dead of a mysterious…

Source: The mysterious Tudor epidemic that killed thousands… – EverythingTudorBlog

Leicester, Middleham and That Play | Matt’s History Blog

Antony Sher as Richard III for the Royal Shakespeare Company [1984]

Antony Sher as Richard III for the Royal Shakespeare Company [1984]

The performances of Shakespeare’s Richard III scheduled to take place inside Leicester Cathedral on 19th and 20th July 2017 are causing waves. There can be little doubt that the size and extent of …

Source: Leicester, Middleham and That Play | Matt’s History Blog

Henry VII’s four-poster bed thrown out & sold for just £2,200

Over time, some ancient artifacts and art pieces have gotten thrown out by accident. Some pieces have even been sold by mistake as well. The most recent ar…

Source: Henry VII’s four-poster bed thrown out & sold for just £2,200 – but now it’s confirmed as the real thing – could be worth £20 million

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Magic and Robots: Medieval Automatons – just history posts

The design for the Peacock fountain from The Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices.

When people think of the medieval or early modern period, often it conjures images of the witch trials across the western world. These people are considered a superstitious bunch, deeply religious,…

Source: Magic and Robots: Medieval Automatons – just history posts

The Many Lives of the Medieval Wound Man | The Public Domain Review

With thanks to Iva of Victorian Paris for bringing this to my attention.

A Wound Man from a late 15th-century manuscript, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Cgm 597 — Source (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

Sliced, stabbed, punctured, bleeding, harassed on all sides by various weaponry, the curious image of Wound Man is a rare yet intriguing presence in the world of medieval and early modern medical manuscripts. Jack Hartnell explores this enigmatic figure’s journey through…

Source: The Many Lives of the Medieval Wound Man | The Public Domain Review

The Origins of Hussar Cavalry – W.U Hstry

Earliest known representation of a hussar engraved on a sabre scabbard chape from 1500.

The term Hussar is most commonly known as the name of a certain type of light cavalry used primarily in the 18th and 19th centuries. But it is also used for a few quite different forms of cavalry i…

Source: The Origins of Hussar Cavalry – W.U Hstry

Trip to Colditz Castle – W.U Hstry

Colditz Castle [Wikimedia]

Colditz Castle [Wikimedia]

In late July I was fortunate enough to travel Germany, taking in many of its cultural and historical sites. It is fair to say Germany did have plenty to offer in the famous cities and towns of Berl…

Source: Trip to Colditz Castle – W.U Hstry

Margaret Beaufort and the Princes in the Tower | Matt’s History Blog

Lady Margaret Beaufort

Historical opinion often moves in circles on certain topics. Sometimes it’s a slow process and sometimes it happens quickly. The White Queen series stirred up the latent and under-examined but long…

Source: Margaret Beaufort and the Princes in the Tower | Matt’s History Blog