Buildwas Abbey, Shropshire

I hope everyone is staying home (and more importantly, safe) during these unique times, shall we say. But given that quite a few people are stuck around with not a lot to do, that maybe I could help distract some of you every now and then with a cheeky post here and there! Location Buildwas … Continue reading Buildwas Abbey, Shropshire

Wenlock Priory: Elysian ruins

Yes, I know, it's been nearly four months. I'm sorry. But moving swiftly on from my lack of activity on this blog, I think I've got a decent subject (and some rather fetching photographs if I say so myself) to try and make amends. I visited Wenlock in October of last year and as usual … Continue reading Wenlock Priory: Elysian ruins

St Mary’s Church, Kempley; ‘England’s Sistine Chapel’

As much as I wish that I could claim the title as wholly original, credit must be given to Simon Jenkins piece in The Guardian in 2008 that called Kempley 'England's Sistine Chapel'. However it is a title that is more than deserved. After having been dragged out of bed by my family and carted around Gloucestershire, … Continue reading St Mary’s Church, Kempley; ‘England’s Sistine Chapel’

National/Personal Rivalries in the Third Crusade: Richard I goes tête-à-tête with Philip II Augustus

The Third Crusade captured the imaginations of its contemporaries and has continued to be perhaps the most famous of all the crusades in the public mind. When you think of crusaders, to most people the image of Richard the Lionheart immediately spring to mind, perhaps Philip Augustus and Frederick I as well. So why did … Continue reading National/Personal Rivalries in the Third Crusade: Richard I goes tête-à-tête with Philip II Augustus

The Survival of Duke William II in Normandy: 1035-57

The twenty-two-year period that this post looks at were, I think it safe to say, not only years of extreme difficulty and hardship for William and Normandy, but perhaps years that while we cannot say for certain they shaped him completely, they must have helped forge him into the Conqueror of popular imagination: a hard … Continue reading The Survival of Duke William II in Normandy: 1035-57