Nessie’s Cousins: The Mysterious Lake Monsters of the World

Most of us have heard of the Loch Ness monster, the creature who haunts the deep depths of Loch Ness…

The Early Modern Witch Craze

I lecture on Early Modern England and one of the most interesting topics I teach (and the most popular with…

Are There Big Wild Cats in Britain?

I’ve always been a believer that there are big cats roaming Britain and that most of these sightings are authentic.…

Reading the Classics: The Old Curiosity Shop

Reading the Classics has been a rather neglected category of my blog, precisely because I decided to tackle the mammoth…

10 Books That Have Stayed With Me

1. To Kill a Mockingbird The first book on my list of books that have stayed with me has to…

My Favourite Inspirational Quotes From History

During this time of uncertainty and isolation, we all need a good old pick me up! I’ve put together a…

The Colosseum, A Brief History

It is the most impressive, the most stately, the most solemn, grand, majestic, mournful sight, conceivable. Never, in its bloodiest…