Medici, Italian Renaissance’s Banking Family, Produced Four Popes and Two Queens of France

Traditional accounts of the Italian Renaissance portray the Borjias as corrupt and evil religious leaders, and the Medici as heroic financiers and philanthropists of stunningly beautiful art and architecture as well as fair-minded popes. I've already pointed out the reasons that popular portrayals of the Borjias, particularly the popular TV series, exaggerate their deviance. Two … Continue reading Medici, Italian Renaissance’s Banking Family, Produced Four Popes and Two Queens of France

Why Did the Spanish Empire Decline?

This fast-talking, brief video from History Matters explains in less than four minutes why the Spanish Empire declined from its peak in the 1500s, when it dominated a third of the known world, to its essential dissolution when it lost Cuba and the Philippines in 1898. Comparing Spain to a corporation, it was "first to … Continue reading Why Did the Spanish Empire Decline?

Scotland’s Mary Queen of Scots’ Rivalry with England’s Queen Elizabeth I Is Focus of Movie and Documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5l8cvuo7IA The 2018 film, Mary Queen of Scots, told the remarkable story of the girl "who became Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18. Mary Stuart defied pressure to remarry. Instead, she returned to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. However, Scotland and England fell under the rule of the compelling … Continue reading Scotland’s Mary Queen of Scots’ Rivalry with England’s Queen Elizabeth I Is Focus of Movie and Documentary

Dramatic Life of Sir Walter Raleigh, As Illustrated In Six Videos

Historic Royal Palaces: "A handsome courtier, celebrated explorer, favourite of Elizabeth I and scholar of poetry, history and science, Sir Walter Raleigh was also one of the most famous prisoners to be held at the Tower of London. Yeoman Warder Gary Burridge tells us more…" Who was Sir Walter Raleigh and what did he had … Continue reading Dramatic Life of Sir Walter Raleigh, As Illustrated In Six Videos

Backstory Behind Founding of the Carolina Colony in 1663, Up Until 1776

The date of the founding of North Carolina by the English is in some dispute. Some argue the birthday is July 13, 1584, when Croatan Indians first encountered English ships commissioned by Sir Walter Raleigh on Roanoke Island. Raleigh himself did not make a voyage to Carolina, despite providing the namesake for the eventual colony's … Continue reading Backstory Behind Founding of the Carolina Colony in 1663, Up Until 1776

England’s Forgotten Muslim History

"One of the more surprising aspects of Elizabethan England (1558-1603) is that its foreign and economic policy was driven by a close alliance with the Islamic world, a fact conveniently ignored today by those pushing the populist rhetoric of national sovereignty." http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/opinion/sunday/englands-forgotten-muslim-history.html?_r=0

Queen Elizabeth I Kept A Fractious England Together By Marshaling Absolute Power and Defeating the Spanish Empire

Elizabeth I (1533-1603), queen of England from 1558 to 1603, was one strong woman, who by force of will and strength kept England together. She was probably the most shining and successful example of a benevolent monarch from the Age of Absolutism. She was certainly better than her father King Henry VIII (1491-1547), who one historian compared … Continue reading Queen Elizabeth I Kept A Fractious England Together By Marshaling Absolute Power and Defeating the Spanish Empire

Little Ice Age from the 1300s to 1800s Disrupted Lives, Cultures, Histories

Contemporary climate change is not the first in human history, as John Green explains in this Crash Course lecture. The "little ice age" was a period of cooling that occurred after the Medieval Warm Period. Although it was not a true ice age, the term was introduced into scientific literature by François E. Matthes in … Continue reading Little Ice Age from the 1300s to 1800s Disrupted Lives, Cultures, Histories

Could NC’s ‘Lost Colony’ Be Found?

Jamestown, Virgina in 1607 may not be the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Long-time settlers of the Outer Banks, North Carolina believe their families hold that historical benchmark. Their ancestors were actually part of NC's legendary "Lost Colony" on Roanoke Island in the 1580s, they say, and they haven't been lost. They … Continue reading Could NC’s ‘Lost Colony’ Be Found?