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Coptic Christianity

Coptic Christianity

Coptic Christianity has provided the world with some of Christianity’s oldest and most controversial Christian texts, including the Nag Hammadi texts and now, most recently, the small piece of papyrus hinting at the possibility that Jesus Christ had a wife

Mapping the London Blitz

Will the TNA JISC funded Mapping the Blitz Project help those of us that funded it with our hard earn’t tax payers money we do hope so….

King Richard III of England Found Facts and Fiction

King Richard III of England Found Facts and Fiction

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series British Monarchs

Richard III found in a Car Park with an Arrow in His back, can this be him, who was he and how can we distinguish him fact from fiction and the character assasination given him by William Shakespeare?
(This post will be updated, original posted in 2012.

Hampshire ‘Feet of Fines’

Hampshire ‘Feet of Fines’

‘Feet of Fines’ documents for Hampshire date back to 1199 and give surnames and placenames of people living in Hampshire in the Medieval period. These are important resources for Hampshire History and help to build a picture of community and settlement…

England as an Heptarchy

England as an Heptarchy

7 Kingdoms Making 1 England with Alfred uniting the enterprise and the Vikings creating the climate in which English Unification was a better option that continuing domination of the Vikings. The Kingdoms hold the key into how these regions fought and conquered and rose up against the invaders to reverse the fortunes of England and set in place what would hold until the Norman Conquest, how would we turn the corner and become one people as Bede had alluded to…

Early Historical Documents and Chronicles

Early Historical Documents and Chronicles

have you heard of Bede? Wondered how we know what happened in the Anglo Saxon Period. Got a pet interest in early history of the British and the places in which they lived worked, fought and played? Then accessing these crucial early resources will be great for you and your history interests. A brief survey will give you the overview and find out about forthcoming eBooks which will help you further utilise these resources wihtout having to read then cover to cover…

King Ine of Wessex 688-726

King Ine of Wessex 688-726

King Ine started British Law Code and ruled in Wessex, founding the stone church at Gastonbury Abbey and abdicating to go on a pilgrimage Rome, He did not expand his dominion of Wessex but he made other notable contributions and was committed to the early Christian Church.

Richard II Duke and his sister Emma of the Normans 996-1026

Richard II Duke and his sister Emma of the Normans 996-1026

Richard and Emma of the Normans, how did their actions create the spark that forged the conquest of England…

Freehold, Freeholders and Leaseholders

Freehold and leasehold what are the historic connections and origins of these termms and do they relate to origins of Copyhold Tenure and Feudal Law…

Copyhold Tenure what does it mean?

Copyhold Tenure what does it mean?

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Property Law

If you were a Serf, you had no rights of appeal to a court outside that of your Manor, where your elied upon the biased and often harsh law of your particular lord, who might only be goverened by local custom. Copyhold tenure lifted you out of such servitude and established increased legal rights which were only abolished in 1926. Whilst the Land Registry was established in 1862, it did not record all transactions, find out how you can explore copyholders relevant to you and your history project for connections and insights that date back well before the 1837 BMD Registers…

Evolution of the Anglo Saxon Chronicle

Evolution of the Anglo Saxon Chronicle

The Anglo Saxon Chronicles evolved over several hundred years to become the unique resource of early historical accounts we can access online today. Read them carefully and with related documents and sources across place and time and subject and you can make some intriguing connections to the areas of history that you are interested in, find out about their origin and access them online from here…you can read the translations studya nd interpret yourself, not just rely on the layers of opinion much of which is founded on these early sources.

King Offa’s Gold Coin

King Offa’s Gold Coin

A unique gold coin lies in the British Museum, with Islamic script engraved on it and the name of a King of England, Offa. Minted over twelve hundred years ago its origin and purpose continues to raise questions

John Speed Genealogy and King James Bible

John Speed mapmaker was also an historian who wrote a postdeluvian genealogy to be inserted in the King James Bible

Have you got Plantagenet Ancestors?

Are there skeletons in your cupboard with right royal connections? Was a place or person of noble or royal birth? Can you trace your family tree back to the Plantagenet bloodlines? Take a look at some of the ways you can explore this online and at the …

How the Higgs Boson Particle Was Found

History in the making a little about CERN and how the Higgs Boson is just a bonus because CERN already gave us the internet…:)

Iona heart of Celtic Christianity

Iona heart of Celtic Christianity

Iona the centre of the development of Celtic Christianity the base with Lindisfarne from which Pagan Northumbria is converted, possible place of creation of the masterpiece and artefact of illuminated manuscript the Book of Kells leaving an enduring imprint on our history…

Statute of Labourers 1351

Statute of Labourers 1351

This entry is part 2 of 16 in the series Statutes of Law

In 1351 following Plague and pestilence there was a shortage of Labour and the ruling elite were not happy to have to ‘suffer’ the inflationary costs that resulted as workers for the first time had the power to refuse to work for low wages. Was this the distant start of organised labour in Britain and a capsule that reflects the uneasy relationship between the monarch, parliament and the people…Will the Peasants Revolt?

1900 Rare footage of Victoria in Dublin

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