Category Archives: 17th century

The Hudson’s Bay Company: a 17th century multicultural start up

The Hudson’s Bay Company is known for it’s iconic striped blanket, but did you know that it a multicultural start up, founded nearly 350 years ago by two French trappers, a German Prince and an English King? Continue reading

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The Countess of Carlisle

The real life inspiration for Alexandre Dumas’s Milady: 17th century socialite and femme fatale, Lucy Hay. Continue reading

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#OTD in 1645: The Battle of Naseby + an excerpt from Traitor’s Knot

#OTD 1645 the Battle of Naseby was won by the Parliamentarians and signalled the beginning of the end for King Charles I. Continue reading

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Charles Stuart, Prince of Wales

Who was Charles II before becoming the Merry Monarch. On the 387th anniversary of his birth, I explore his early years as the Prince of Wales. Continue reading

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Maypole madness

The Puritans banned the maypole and other fun stuff in 1644. Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Lobster in the Tower of London

Where’s the lobster in the Tower of London? The chase is on. Continue reading

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Worcester’s Commandery¬†

I’ve always felt a strong connection to the Commandery. It’s history runs deep. As you can imagine, speaking before the Battle of Worcester Society in the Great Hall of the Commandery was an unparalleled thrill. If you missed reading about … Continue reading

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