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King Alexander III of Scotland and his Midnight Ride

27th February 2020
Category: Scotland

King Alexander III of Scotland During my time writing this blog I have written about the deaths of a number of different monarchs. In the mini series on regicide we saw the cruel assassination of Edward II, the historical whodunnit with The Princes in the Tower, the euthanasia of King George V and the overthrowing […]

Gruesome Tragedy at the Smalls Lighthouse

23rd February 2020
Category: England

Lighthouse Keeping is an unusual profession I have held some strange jobs in my time. For much of my adolescence I was a professional snake milker. I am not ashamed to say that I, as many writers before me have, am not unknown to have worked on the various Emu farms scattered across the East […]

St Isidore of Seville: Patron Saint of the Internet

23rd February 2020
Category: Spain

St Isidore of Seville: The Patron Saint of the Internet Welcome to my fourth instalment about Patron Saints and their origins. We have looked at St. George & the Dragon, St. Patrick the Patron Saint of Ireland and St. Drogo the Saint of unattractive people. Today we are going to look at a slightly more […]

St. Drogo of the Unattractive People

10th February 2020
Category: France

Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder In her 1878 book Molly Bawn, Margaret Wolfe Hungerford first coined the phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.¬†Essentially she was saying that what constitutes beauty to one person, would be considered repulsive to another. Hungerford wasn’t the first to make this observation. Plato wrote […]

St. George and the Dragon

2nd February 2020
Category: England

St. George and the Dragon I find the small island nation that I was born upon a miracle. We have punched above our weight on issues ranging from politics, to ethics and science for the last 1000 years. We have a Royal Family that is a dynastic miracle. England has a History that is rich, […]

St. Patrick the Patron Saint of Ireland

1st February 2020
Category: Northern Ireland

What is a Patron Saint? It is estimated that every 17th March, thirteen million pints of Guiness are drank world wide. Thirteen million! That is a huge amount! What is so special about the 17th March I hear you ask? Well, this is St. Patrick’s day, so called to mark the day the real St. […]

The “real” Macbeth and Shakespeare

27th January 2020
Category: Scotland

The “real” Macbeth Most of us are at least familiar with the name Macbeth. In fact, I would go as far as to say he is probably the most famous Scottish king in History. He’s certainly the most famous pre-twelfth century Scottish monarch, go ahead, try and name another one… Most of us are familiar […]

Earl Sigurd the Mighty

22nd January 2020
Category: Scotland

The Orkney Islands Off the Northernmost tip of Scotland lies the beautiful Orkney Islands. This cluster of rocky land masses are awe inspiring. Whilst they are beautiful, they are also rugged. The weather can turn on the cusp of a penny this far North and the waves have proven fatal to more than one sailor […]

Gavrilo Princip: One man who changed History

18th January 2020
Category: Bosnia and Herzegovina

The village of Obljaj On the border Croatia shares with Bosnia & Herzegovina nestles a small village called Obljaj (Pronounced “Ob-lee-aj” if you were wondering). It is a pretty little village. Home to around two and a half thousand residents, it is quaint. The houses are constructed from a mixture of stone and locally felled […]

Francis Drake and the Elizabethan Period

16th January 2020
Category: England

Francis Drake and the Elizabethan Period Queen Elizabeth I is one of the rare monarchs who’s very persona defines an era. The period between 1558 – 1603 is known as the Elizabethan age and is considered to be a renaissance for England, defined by reforms in education, writers such as William Shakespeare and swashbuckling pirates […]

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