Why Race in a Historical Context is Important

Back in November 2019 I wrote a piece on now racism in Historical Dramas appears to be in the process of being erased from both cinema and television screens <link>. I recently got into an argument about this very subject again. I made a comment about Armando Iannucci’s latest version of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. … Continue reading Why Race in a Historical Context is Important

Mixing Fact with Historical Fiction 3 – My version of the Battle of Hastings

At school my history teacher glossed over the Battle of Hastings. His lesson suggested that the Normans were a superior people who conquered the barbaric Saxons and brought civilisation back to England. I have always inferred that what he meant was that the Romans had civilised Britain originally but that the Saxons had created a … Continue reading Mixing Fact with Historical Fiction 3 – My version of the Battle of Hastings

A Brief History of the Earth and its Climate – Part Four

After the reign of the dinosaurs throughout the Mesozoic Era the age of mammals arrives with the Paleogen Period of the Cenozoic Era. The first grasses appear, along with placental mammals. Orogrny, mountain building, starts in Laramidia, the western half of North America, resulting in the formation of the Rocky Mountains. Volcanic eruptions lessen. India … Continue reading A Brief History of the Earth and its Climate – Part Four

A Brief History of the Earth and its Climate – Part Three

The Permian Period ended with an increase in the Earth’s temperature following the end of the Karoo Ice Age and the forming of the single supercontinent of Pangea. The Triassic Period, the first of the three geological periods that make up the Mesozoic Era, begins with a period of recovery. There is no polar ice, … Continue reading A Brief History of the Earth and its Climate – Part Three