Dysentery – Killer of Kings and Mere Mortals

If you read any historical fiction and non-fiction, especially the medieval era, you would no doubt have come across the cause of death of many people as dysentery. When my nursing head takes over, I have to fall down that rabbit hole of research. Dysentery, also known archaically as the ‘bloody flux’ gives a hint. … Continue reading Dysentery – Killer of Kings and Mere Mortals

The 14th Century Remains of Newport Castle (Gwent) – Chepstow’s Poor Relation

1806 Sketch from the hills behind the castle, possibly the area now known as Stow Hill, where the church of Newport Cathedral sits (Image courtesy of Yale Centre for British Art). A rather romantic sketch of what remained of Newport Castle in 1806 - before the railway cut through it. Yes, it has been butchered … Continue reading The 14th Century Remains of Newport Castle (Gwent) – Chepstow’s Poor Relation

Glorious Historical Medical Advice with 21st Century Comparisons

The health of the body cannot be maintained, unless the bowels perform their natural offices regularly and sufficiently, and when this whole-some evacuation is impeded, it must be forced by art.Sir Anthony Carlisle, Surgeon of Westminster Hospital & Professor of Anatomy of the Royal Society, 1819 21st Century - How are your natural offices? Sorry, … Continue reading Glorious Historical Medical Advice with 21st Century Comparisons

Crecy, Calais and the Crimea

Today's online research link, written by the antiquarian, biographer and British Army officer George Wrottesely in 1898. I discovered this whilst researching Edward Montagu's role in Crecy with Edward III and was pleased to discover Wrottesley was actually at the Crimea where he makes reference to his part in it. This will be very useful … Continue reading Crecy, Calais and the Crimea

Margaret of Brotherton, suo jure Duchess of Norfolk

📜 Margaret of Brotherton, older sister of Alice of Norfolk and who led a much more documented life than Alice, gains a chapter to herself in my current work in progress on these two granddaughters of Edward I 📜 It appears an intelligent and independent Margaret was astute when it came to managing her vast … Continue reading Margaret of Brotherton, suo jure Duchess of Norfolk