Tag Archives: Europe
Although the word appellant in modern terms refers to a petitioner appealing to a higher court, when we look at the fourteenth century the whole concept takes a left turn. First of all, you always see the words Lords … Continue reading
Common Myths of the Wars of the Roses or All you thought you knew about the Wars of the Roses, but didn’t… Episode 2
Two months ago we examined some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding Henry VI and the Wars of the Roses; we continue the series by looking at the man known as the Kingmaker.
In the story of English history, across the centuries, there are first-born sons destined to be Kings of England who never were. It is widely held that when it came to inheritance the unwritten ‘rule’ was, heir and spare … Continue reading
Werewolves, also known as lycanthropes, are legendary shape-shifting humans. As the name suggests, the shape these creatures take on is that of a wolf. The history of the werewolf legend has sprung up independently or spread to virtually every … Continue reading
Maere, mara, mahr, mahrt, mårt—by any name, it was and still is a terrifying visitor. The Nightmare, Henry Fuseli, 1781. JOHN HENRY FUSELI NIGHTMARES, AS WE USE THE word today, are vivid, personal terrors whipped up by a person’s subconscious just … Continue reading
People have feared tomatoes for 600 years. An illustration of tomatoes from an 1893 catalogue of seeds. BIODIVERSITY HERITAGE LIBRARY/CC BY 2.0 NO OTHER VEGETABLE HAS BEEN as maligned as the tomato (and it is a vegetable, by order of … Continue reading