History Blogs

I love history, heritage and exploring the stories of places, people and things. Here, you'll find my Time Pieces History Project posts and more.

The History Series: What Led to the Hundred Years War?

By Gudrun | July 27, 2020

Introduction The Hundred Years War was a complex beast. The most basic timelines will show that it was contested by England and France between 1337 and 1453. The reality is that swathes of Europe became involved in the long dispute and, rather than being a singular war, it was actually a period of intermittent fighting,…

The History Series: Medieval Monarch Monikers and Nasty Nicknames

By Gudrun | July 20, 2020

Introduction If you read my blog about the Battle of Crecy, you’ll be familiar with Philip the Fair of France and King John the Blind of Bohemia. Both of these men faced Edward III, who may have been the victor on the battlefield but was no match for his adversaries when it comes to descriptive…

The History Series: Queen Isabella of France

By Gudrun | July 13, 2020

Introduction Isabella of France, Queen of England, was a deft political player who blew the whistle on one of the biggest scandals of the 14th century and was a key actor in the outbreak of the Hundred Years War. She invaded England with a mercenary army and overthrew (and possibly murdered) her husband, allowing her…

The History Series: Edward III and the Battle of Crécy

By Gudrun | July 6, 2020

Introduction Lasting from 1337 until 1453, England and France were the main protagonists during a series of conflicts we refer to as the Hundred Years War. The ‘war’ was significant in shaping the national character of both nations and its effects resonated all over medieval Europe. One of the most important encounters was the battle…

Time Pieces History Project: Final Thoughts

By Gudrun | July 2, 2020

Introduction Today, I’m reflecting on the Time Pieces History Project, which finished on Tuesday. A year ago, I was wondering how to bring my passion for history into my work as a copywriter and content marketer. I wasn’t sure how to get into the industry as a writer-for-hire, because I didn’t have any connections or…

Time Pieces History Project Item 100: Pompeii

By Gudrun | June 30, 2020

First time on the blog or new to the Time Pieces History Project? Find out what it’s all about here, and then come back to this page for today’s item – Pompeii. Pompeii – Introduction to Item 100 My final place is somewhere that has been top of my list of must-see spots for more…

Time Pieces History Project Item 99: Vienna

By Gudrun | June 25, 2020

Vienna – Introduction to Item 99 For my final two places, and the last two blogs in the Time Pieces History Project, I want to look at cities (and countries) I have yet to visit, but hope to do so very soon. At the time of publishing this, in June 2020, the world is slowly…

Time Pieces History Project Item 98: El Retiro Park

By Gudrun | June 23, 2020

First time on the blog or new to the Time Pieces History Project? Find out what it’s all about here, and then come back to this page for today’s item – El Retiro Park. El Retiro Park – Introduction to Item 98 I first visited Spain when I was about four, although strictly speaking we…

Time Pieces History Project Item 97: Antwerp

By Gudrun | June 18, 2020

First time on the blog or new to the Time Pieces History Project? Find out what it’s all about here, and then come back to this page for today’s item – Antwerp. Antwerp – Introduction to Item 97 Along with Leiden, Antwerp in Belgium is somewhere I visited a lot as a child, and have…

Time Pieces History Project Item 96: Singapore

By Gudrun | June 16, 2020

First time on the blog or new to the Time Pieces History Project? Find out what it’s all about here, and then come back to this page for today’s item – Singapore. Singapore – Introduction to Item 96 When you plan a long-haul flight to somewhere like Australia, you’re encouraged to have a stopover, even…