It’s wildly accepted that crime and punishment in history has been brutal. A person could find themselves facing terrible punishments for what we now consider petty crimes. But behind the horror of execution where those tasked with delivering it. The life of an executioner was nothing glamorous or forbiddingly dark. Forget the black hooded man … Continue reading The life of an Executioner.
Perhaps it’s my own northern soul swaying my line of thinking but I often find myself frustrated when travel lists for British historical sites, for the most part, usually consist of locations in London or its surroundings. The entire country is full of so much history and regional gems. It’s a great shame they are … Continue reading Historic places you should visit in Yorkshire and the North West.
In times before modern science and medicine the world was a terrifying place. The looming fear of one’s mortality in the face of illness or simple wounds was ever present. The worst part was probably the inability to explain the cause or reason for these sudden illnesses. Many misunderstood illnesses came in waves over the … Continue reading Scrofula: The King’s Evil.
It’s a truth as old as conflict itself; where war goes trauma follows. Its far older then the World wars ‘Shell shock that brought it to the centre stage of psychological studies and sympathetic regards. The trauma suffered by soldiers was well known but poorly understood but known. The tragic fault was the lack of … Continue reading Nostalgia, homesickness and heart conditions: Trying to understand PTSD before the 20th century.
It’s difficult to imagine the horrors that would have been felt across the world as the infamous ‘Black Death’ ravaged the population. The sheer fear that must have been felt as they desperately tried to find a cause and reason behind the illness that was claiming so many, some even believing that this mass loss … Continue reading How The Black Death ‘Infected’ class.