Calendars: From Roman to Gregorian and Beyond

Isn’t the history of the calendar oh so very simple and… oh… no? Well, I hope I break this down for you then. Roman Calendars (509 – 45 BC) Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as saying ‘there’s a roman calendar and here are the dates when it was used’, there are many versions of Roman […]

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Coca-Cola Did Not Invent Santa

Yesterday on Instagram I saw a influencer I follow post a “fact” on her stories that the “image we know of Santa, with his red coat and rosy cheeks was invented by Coca-Cola in 1931”. While not entirely untrue it’s…mostly untrue. So let’s unpack this. St Nicholas of Myra Santa Claus originates from St Nicholas […]

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Henry’s Six Wives: Infographics

Recently I have been listening to the audio-books of Alison Weir’s Six Wives series. I have reached the most recently published (Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen) and am dreading the moment when the gap between me finishing Jane Seymour and Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets comes out (published on 2 May 2019). The series […]

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…Mary Queen of Scots (Film Review)

In the wake of the astoundingly popular The Favourite, it’s easy to see why Mary Queen of Scots would be both highly anticipated and bitterly disappointing. The Basic Plot The movie opens with a short explanation of Mary’s life so far – that she was married at 15 and widowed at 18; she then returned […]

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