“Let Them Eat Cake” One of History’s Greatest Misquotes

For decades the words “Let them eat cake” have been attributed to Queen Marie Antoinette in the 18th-century. But, history…

Royal Birth Traditions

As the nation awaits the news of the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first baby, I’m going to…

The Crown of Thorns – From Jerusalem to the Cathedral of Notre Dame

And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right…

International Women’s Day: My Medieval Heroine – Melisende of Jerusalem

In light of International Women’s Day, I wanted to share the story of a little known medieval heroine. Melisende of…

How to Create Your Own Family Tree

I’m a medieval historian by trade, holding a PhD and specialising in gender and the crusades. I am accustomed to…

My Favourite Latin Phrases

Just for fun! I thought I’d share with you a selection of Latin phrases I’ve come to know over the…

A Visit to Canterbury Cathedral

One of my favourite road trips this year was our trip to Canterbury. I have always wanted to visit this…