Intriguing History

Intriguing History is a project researching, curating mapping and connecting history. Designed by and for family, social, local and special interest historians. It is designed to be for us all, as an individual, to their family and for those with particular or special interests. Our aim is to provide information and resources which may help us all with our history projects, to explore, connect and discover more . Our focus starts from the UK but includes the wider world of our colonial past in particular but not exclusively with the intriguing connections formed between the UK and the United States, Canada ,Australia and New Zealand. Use our interactive map and take a tour here This project evolves and welcomes connections with other projects, ideas, resources and data. Please feel free to share and contact us if you have a particular related interest or idea that you are interested in sharing with the wider world via Intriguing History. You can find us here on Twitter @intriguinghist.

Christmas Beckons towards the turn of a New Year

The turn of a new year beckons for us all. In December we will be taking a look at timelines and chronologies as a tool for giving context to our history. Further upgrades are being implemented we plan to have these enhancements in place for the start of a shiny new year. Always a time for reflection what historic and momentous events have touched you and yours in the last year? We will be taking a look at our historic highlights of the last year during this month. We will post further updates here as those changes and new ideas are dhared and published. Thanks for taking a look at this project.


2014 a Year of Remembrance

Moving enough to have caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal, see this article, there are certainly significant reflections on WW1 in this the centenary. The BBC documentary looking at the concentration and significant influence of the WW1 Poets who were on the Somme, many of whom,died themselves during the Battles for the Somme, will certainly provoke some deeper reflections as well.  In short the documentary concludes with the view that the intensely documented battles that took place on the Somme so vividly captured by the poets that included Sassoon, Owen and Tolkien plus those we should rember but have faded in our literary memory have skewed our perception of what actually happened in the rest of the war. It is a strong case and worthy of our consideration. Again and again historians from academia are trying to tell us, don’t base your entire view of WW1 on the Somme. Its certainly something that needs sensitive deliberation. 100 years on and sill so evocative the poets have always been the strongest voice for me at this poignant time of year. But the facts dispute it it a reflection of a more balanced reality. Just a glimpse of realisation makes us realise how much we all have as yet to learn.  Along with so many I read Wilfred Owen at School but even in less than 30 years perception and literary history, thinking and interpretation  has changed so much as this short BBC piece shows. Much to reflect upon.

With thanks to HM Royal Palaces for this video.

WW1 has to be our featured theme for November 2014, with so many followers of modern, family and social history it has poven to be nearer the public hearts and minds than perhaps many of the politicians may have anticipated at least here in the UK but also across the countries of our former allies and enemies alike. During this month and over the coming 4 years of this this centenary we hope to explore and learn about some of your and our connections with WW1 and the continuing impact those fateful events have had and continue to have upon our lives. Long shadows that suggest perhaps as a world we have not learnt enough as yet from our lessons from the history and hence we need to continue that quest. We will focus on how WW1 impacted on the lives of our families, their histories and the socio-economic, political and cultural climate of that time both in the UK, in the theatre of war itself and across the allies and colonies who shared the great losses that were suffered and endured by so many.


Elizabeth Woodville Queen of Edward IV

Elizabeth Woodville Queen of Edward IV

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Intriguing Women

Elizabeth Woodville would marry a King but her sons would end their lives imprisoned by their uncle in the tower who would become the much maligned Richard III. He was this Queen who drove a King to marry in secret and fall out with his own family?

Richard Duke of York 1411 1460

Richard Duke of York 1411 1460

Richard of York was born of Royal blood and lineage from both his parents, he would seek to usurp the ineffectual Henry VI and lead the Yorkist cause, he would be killed before the Yorks came to the throne but his death would urge his son Edward IV to seize the crown. Find out here about the intriguing events that drove his life and influence upon the outcomes of the War of the roses fought between the Lancasters and Yorks and eventually embroiling the TUDORS who would come to outlive and rule beyond both great houses.


Rosetta Probe Landed