‘Your Servant Sir what news from Tripoli?!’: A Coffeehouse Tour in London

Blue plaque indicating the site of Pasqua Rosée's coffee house - London's first coffeehouse, in 1652.

I jumped at the opportunity to go on a tour dedicated to London’s seventeenth and eighteenth century coffeehouses. Dr. Matthew Green was once again at the helm of this tour, a fun, two hour, caffeine-fest in central London.

Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution Exhibit at the National Maritime Museum

Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution at the National Maritime Museum

A great way to celebrate Samuel Pepys birthday! Visit the National Maritime Museum to catch the final month of their exhibit on this famous London diarist, Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution.

6 Must-See Versions of ‘A Christmas Carol’

Patrick Stewart as Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1999 made-for-TV adaptation of Dicken's 'A Christmas Carol'.

For many people, like myself, it remains a cherished tradition to watch the A Christmas Carol every year on TV. Here are my picks for 6 Must-See Versions of ‘A Christmas Carol’

Henry VIII’s Health in a Nutshell: Book Tour and Giveaway!

Book: Henry VIII's Health - Kyra Kramer

Book lovers! We’re hosting day 3 of Kyra Kramer’s Book Tour and running an international contest to give away a copy of her fascinating new book: Henry VII’s Health in a Nutshell.

Hampton Court Celebrates 500 Years!

Hampton Court. Photo by Medievalists.net

Thinking of visiting Hampton Court? Check out this list of things to see while you’re there!

Guy Fawkes: Remember, Remember the 5th of November!

Guy Fawkes

A fun look at the story behind Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night!

Which Jane Eyre Character Are You?

Young Jane argues with her guardian Mrs. Reed of Gateshead, illustrated by F. H. Townsend

Find out which character from Jane Eyre best matches your personality!

Criminals or Celebrities?: Life and Death in a Georgian Prison

"Smugglerius". Convicted murderer, Thomas Henman (hanged, 1776) cast by Agostino Carlini.

What was it like to be a prisoner in Georgian London? At a recent London Historians gathering, I had the opportunity to listen to several papers about English prison life, old and new in, “Crime and Punishment – The Capital in the Clink”.

5 Creepy Victorian Fads

Victorian Séance

Victorians became enamoured with the occult, mediums, magic, séances and ghosts to name but a few. Here are 5 creepy things that were popular during the Victorian period.

Did Shakespeare Invent This Word Or Not?

shakespeare words

What some people may not know is that Shakespeare invented a great many common words too. Are we familiar with some of these words? L

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