Murder, mistletoe and Misrule – with a side serving of Mince Pies: Some traditions and events of Christmas past in England.

Merry Christmas to you – in this mini post I would like to share with you the origins of some traditions of Christmas and also a little bit of murder (why not it is Christmas). A week after Christmas, 29th December 1170 at the altar of Canterbury Cathedral the body of the Archbishop lay sprawled… Read More Murder, mistletoe and Misrule – with a side serving of Mince Pies: Some traditions and events of Christmas past in England.

The heart and Stomach of a King – Elizabeth I and the Tudor Blockhouses of Essex

In the year 1588 England was on the edge. The Spanish Armada had set sail from Europe to invade the English coast and to rid it of its Heretical Virgin Queen Elizabeth I and all who supported her. At this time, it was clear that the Armada would no longer be a threat as it… Read More The heart and Stomach of a King – Elizabeth I and the Tudor Blockhouses of Essex