Happy Birthday Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey!

Charles Grey, future Prime Minister and progressive hero, was born on 13 March 1764 to General Charles Grey, who was created Earl Grey and Viscount Howick in 1806. A genius, Charles Grey wowed his way through Trinity College, Cambridge and: was elected to Parliament for the Northumberland constituency on 14 September 1786, aged just 22.… Read more Happy Birthday Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey!

Happy Birthday to Ferdinand II of Aragon and His Grandson, Ferdinand I of Bohemia and Hungary

Ferdinand II of Aragon, husband and co-ruler with Isabella I of Castile, was born on 10 March 1452 and I don’t like him very much. For one thing, he and his wife were rabid Catholics who expressed the their religion less through Christ’s tenants of mercy and kindness and more along the lines of slaughtering… Read more Happy Birthday to Ferdinand II of Aragon and His Grandson, Ferdinand I of Bohemia and Hungary

Why Didn’t Cranmer See Edward VI Alone Before the King’s Death?

I am a defender of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. He is often – even usually – accused of being King Edward VI’s puppet master and for setting up Lady Jane Grey to marry his son Guilford so he could continue to rule through them after Edward’s death. In my book, Edward VI in a… Read more Why Didn’t Cranmer See Edward VI Alone Before the King’s Death?

Remembering Regency Poet Anna Barbauld

The beloved Georgina era author, poet, and editor Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld passed away on 9 March 1825, and she was largely forgotten until feminists dragged her work back out into the spotlight and made the literati admit that the woman was immensely talented. In her own lifetime, her career as a poet was destroyed… Read more Remembering Regency Poet Anna Barbauld

Genocidal Acts on American Soil: The Gnadenhutten massacre

When America began its war for independence, the Native Americas were as divided as those Americans descended from Europeans. The peoples known as the Delaware tribes (the Munsee– and Unami-speaking Lenni Lenape) were spilt almost 50/50 between supporting the British and supporting the Colonists. Some Lenape decided to take up arms against the American colonials… Read more Genocidal Acts on American Soil: The Gnadenhutten massacre