It’s hard to believe that, at the time of this article, Jerry Lewis is alive and well! In fact, Jerry Lewis celebrates his 90th birthday today. Jerry Lewis (with Dean Martin) featured heavily on my television screen on a Saturday afternoon… Read More ›
Averil Cameron is one of the leading English-speaking scholars of late antiquity and Byzantium. She has made Byzantium, in particular, interesting and relevant to a generation of academics, students and history enthusiasts like myself. Her honours are many and varied,… Read More ›
Joan of Arc, wearing a breastplate and brandishing her banner, rode at the head of the uncrowned Charles VII’s army and into history. She led the French to a famous victory by routing the English at the Siege of Orleans… Read More ›
Some thoughts on Srebrenica 20 years on: the massacre the UN and Europe failed to stop and the end of the Bosnian war.
Please note that this article contains sensitive images of the Srebrenica massacre that may be upsetting to some readers. In my opinion, Srebrenica is the one of the greatest tragedies of the last century, along side many of the worst… Read More ›
The male peacock is a large pheasant (peafowl), usually blue or green and originally native to India. He is known for often being a big show off with his plumage and iridescent tail. Seasonally, he hopes that his long shimmering… Read More ›
About three years ago, when Mike Duncan stopped producing his ‘History of Rome’ podcast, thousands of podcast listeners mourned in silence. A lot of like-minded listeners toyed with the idea of continuing the history of the later Roman Empire (Byzantium)… Read More ›
On this day 15th August, 1943, bombing destroyed the great cloister of the Santa Maria delle Grazie monastery but miraculously spared the three walls of the refectory, including the one with Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous ‘The Last Supper’. Was it… Read More ›