Spring in Winchester

Spring in Winchester "And the Spring arose on the garden fair, Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere" - Percy Bysshe Shelley  It’s been harder to enjoy spring this year, as the nice weather has coincided with looming deadlines and the end of the academic year. This spring has felt even more stressful as it’s... Continue Reading →


Books for International Women’s Day

My favourite books by women, about women in history. There’s so many posts I wanted to write for today, which hopefully I will at some point. For now, however, I’m sticking to these ones in particular, as these have shaped my outlook on history, and remind me that there is hundreds and thousands of years... Continue Reading →

Woman of the Month: Ada Lovelace

"That brain of mine is something more than merely mortal; as time will show." Ada Lovelace 1815-1852  I can still remember clearly when I first read about Ada Lovelace. There was a chapter dedicated to her in Jenni Murray’s A History of Britain in 21 Women (amazing book btw). The great thing about that book, was... Continue Reading →

Visit to Petworth House

This was my second visit to Petworth House, and I still didn’t get around to seeing everything I wanted, which is a testament to the grand scale of the grounds that surround the house. As I’m already acting like a middle-aged woman rather than a student, I got a national trust membership this year. Despite... Continue Reading →

A Re-Examination of Mary Tudor

If people haven’t got her confused with Mary Queen of Scots, the defining trait of Mary Tudor is the burning of 300 Protestants that occurred during her turbulent five-year reign from 1553 to 1558. The nickname ‘Bloody Mary’ has stuck since her reign, as Elizabeth I’s reign made effective use of Protestant propaganda, and Mary’s... Continue Reading →

Monthly Reading Roundup: April

  A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray Rating: 4/5 Reading Non-Fiction, especially History books for me, always seems more daunting than it actually is.  After neglecting my growing pile of history books, I decided to start with A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray. I couldn’t have asked... Continue Reading →


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