Category Archives: Religion

The Death of a Duke

15th July 1685, Tower Hill. A 35 year old man climbs the scaffolding erected on Tower Hill the purpose of this moment, the moment of his death. The last person on his mind is not his long suffering wife or … Continue reading

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My Nine Hour Jaunt to Gay Paris 

Apologies about my lack of posts. Life just got a bit real again, a few chapters closed, new beginnings have started, routines have changed. I drafted this on a crowded commuter train at 19:25 on Tuesday only to finish it … Continue reading

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The Execution of James Scott Duke of Monmouth

On the 15th July 1685 a 36 year old man was lead to the scaffold on Tower Hill. He would lose his head that day by the hand of the incompetent and notorious executioner Jack Ketch; it took 9 strokes … Continue reading

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Sicily in Bloomsbury

One of the current exhibitions on at the British museum at the moment is “Sicily Culture and Conquest”.  The southern Italian island has been on my must visit list for a while, especially as my interest has been heightened by … Continue reading

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Belated Happy Birthday to Queen Anne

   Yesterday was the 351st anniversary of the Birth of Queen Anne, born 6th February 1665 at St James Palace. I find Anne a fascinating character. Many remember her as the last Stuart monarch, the queen who had 18 pregnancies … Continue reading

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BBC2: Bloody Queens Elizabeth and Mary

Apologies about the gap between posts dear readers, life has somewhat been turned upside down over the last 3 weeks. So much so that I did not see that there was a programme on BBC 2 about the subject of … Continue reading

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Where were you 14 years ago?

 I There are monents in social history where people of certain ages remember where they were when key events in global history took place. For my parents generation it was the assignation of JFK, as a teenager, the death of Princess … Continue reading

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