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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everybody! www.localhistories.org/christmas 

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Boudicca

Boudicca was a hero in British history. In 60 AD the Iceni tribe of East Anglia rebelled. At first the Romans allowed them to keep their kings and have some autonomy. However in c. 50 AD the Romans were fighting in Wales and they were afraid the Iceni might stab them in the back. They ordered the Iceni to disarm, which provoked a rebellion. However the Romans easily crushed it. In the ensuing years the Romans alienated the Iceni by imposing heavy taxes. Then, when the king of the Iceni died he left his kingdom partly to his wife, Boudicca and partly to Emperor Nero Soon, however Nero wanted the kingdom all for himself. His men treated the Iceni very high-handedly and they provoked rebellion. This time a large part of the Roman army was fighting in Wales and the rebellion was, at first, successful. Led by Boudicca the Celts burned ColchesterSt Albans and London. However the Romans rushed forces to deal with the rebellion. Although the Romans were outnumbered their discipline and tactics gave them victory.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas food

Puddings used to be meat based (even Xmas pud!). Brussel sprouts were not popular in England till the 17th century. Turkey at Xmas was not common till the 19th century. www.localhistories.org/desserts 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Merry Christmas

A Merry Christmas to all our readers www.localhistories.org/christmas

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Santa Claus

Our modern image of Santa Claus was created by American artist Thomas Nash in 1862 www.localhistories.org/christmas 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Caroline Herschel

Caroline Herschel was a great woman astronomer of the 18th century and early 19th century.  www.localhistories.org/caroline 

Friday, 31 October 2014

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Edgehill

On 23 October 1642 the first battle of the English Civil War was fought at Edgehill www.localhistories.org/englishcivilwar 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Queen Matilda

Matilda is sometimes called England's forgotten queen. She came the throne in 1135. However there was another claimant to the throne and they fought a long civil war till 1154. So Matilda never ruled over the whole of England. Nevertheless she deserves to remember as the first queen to reign in England. www.localhistories.org/normans 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Monday, 6 October 2014

William Tyndale

On 6 October 1536 the great English Bible translator William Tyndale was strangled and burned. www.localhistories.org/tyndale 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Monty Python

5 October 1969 was a great day in history. Monty Pythons Flying Circus was first broadcast.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sunday, 24 August 2014

St Bartholomew's Day Massacre

On 24 August, St Bartholomew's Day 1572 Catholics in France began murdering thousands of French Protestants. The massacre began in Paris and soon spread to other parts of France. When the Pope heard the news he ordered a Te Deum (hymn of praise) be sung.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Bartholomew's_Day_massacre

Friday, 22 August 2014

Battle of Bosworth

On 22 August 1485 Henry Tudor won the battle of Bosworth. Richard III was killed and Henry became King Henry VII founding the Tudor dynasty in England. www.localhistories.org/henryvii

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Myths about the First World War

I found this very interesting article of myths about the First World War http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25776836

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

London Place Names

I wrote an article about the origin of place names in London. Unfortunately some of them are a mystery. www.localhistories.org/londonnames  

Thursday, 31 July 2014

More Women's History

I made another video. More women's history http://youtu.be/ivRMg_H618w

Monday, 28 July 2014

Robespiere

On 28 July 1794 Maximilien Robespierre was guillotined. www.localhistories.org/frenchrevolution

Monday, 21 July 2014

Neil Armstrong

On 21 July 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man on the Moon. Well done Neil. www.localhistories.org/moon  

Friday, 18 July 2014

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Friday, 18 April 2014

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Bananas

On 10 April 1633 bananas went on sale in England. Fruits like apricots, oranges and pomegranates were already common in England - for those who could afford them. www.localhistories.org/fruits.html

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Women's Education

Its a myth that only men were educated in the past. Girls did not have the same opportunities as boys and they could not go to university but that does not mean they were never educated. Girls from rich families were usually educated at home by a tutor. They were often highly educated. Middle class girls were usually taught by their mothers but in 17th century England boarding schools opened for girls. Of course most boys had little or no education as it was expensive. www.localhistories.org/education 

Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Olympic Games revived

On 6 April 1896 the Olympic Games opened in Athens. It was a revival of the Ancient Greek Olympic Games and has been tremendously successful ever since. www.localhistories.org/games 

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Life in the Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages chimneys were a luxury. As time passed they became more common but only a small minority could afford them. Certainly no peasant could afford one.

About 1180 for the first time since the Romans rich people had panes of glass in the windows. At first glass was very expensive and only rich people could afford it but by the late 13th and early 14th centuries the middle classes began to have glass in some of their windows. Those people who could not afford glass could use thin strips of horn or pieces of linen soaked in tallow or resin which were translucent. www.localhistories.org/middle