The Gifts of Christmas Past – Finding the Perfect Gift for Every Self-Confessed History Geek

Ahh! It’s that time of year once again when shops are ringing with constant Christmas classics, Santa’s elves are busy packing the sleigh, tacky Christmas jumpers are whisked out of wardrobes and everyone is in competition to eat the most chocolate. How exciting!!!  However, there is always that other side of Christmas which I’m sure … Continue reading The Gifts of Christmas Past – Finding the Perfect Gift for Every Self-Confessed History Geek

My Thoughts on ‘Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion’ by Anne Somerset

After I read Anne Somerset’s full-length biography on Queen Anne, Britain’s last Stuart monarch, it dawned on me that I had not only gained a greater understanding of Anne’s life and reign, but that I had developed a deeper level of respect for her too. As I kept saying whilst reading this book: "Queen Anne … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion’ by Anne Somerset

My Thoughts on ‘Young & Damned & Fair: The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of Henry VIII’ by Gareth Russell

“Why do we need another book on Henry VIII’s fifth wife?”, I hear you cry! “Surely we already know everything that there is to know about the Tudors?” Well, that question also crossed my mind before I read Gareth Russell’s latest book. Yet I have to say, that Russell has completely and utterly demolished the … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘Young & Damned & Fair: The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of Henry VIII’ by Gareth Russell

My Thoughts on ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’ by Alison Weir

It is definitely not an overstatement, when I say that ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’ by Alison Weir  made a momentous impact upon my life. I know that this does sound a little soppy - cringeworthy in fact! - and appears incredibly dramatic… yet it’s 100% true I’m afraid! After years of reading and … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’ by Alison Weir

My Thoughts on ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ by Antonia Fraser

Normally when I’m close to finishing a book I have another one waiting in the wings, which I am eager to pick up as soon as I’ve read the final chapter. However I now find myself in a bizarre predicament, because I am currently staring mindlessly at my bookshelf, (which believe me is crammed full … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ by Antonia Fraser

Brutal Battles and Mind-Blowing Majesty – My Trip to Stirling Castle

Again I’ve been a bit quiet recently… I’m sorry! My excuse this time is that I’ve just returned from an adventurous - (and rather long!) - road trip around beautiful Scotland. As you can imagine, Scotland is just crammed full of history which waits to be unearthed around every corner, so the my inner nerd … Continue reading Brutal Battles and Mind-Blowing Majesty – My Trip to Stirling Castle

A Medieval Masterpiece – My Trip to York Minster

I’m so sorry that it’s been a bit quiet recently at The Past Presents… The half-term week has made work rather hectic, so I’ve found myself often too exhausted to pick up the pen during the evenings! My second confession, is that last weekend I found myself exploring the grand ol’ city of York. Quite shocking, … Continue reading A Medieval Masterpiece – My Trip to York Minster