My love affair with William Lawes

One of my favorite programs on the radio is the Millennium of Music with Robert Aubry Davis.  I first discovered it late one Sunday evening on a road trip to Yosemite on the siriusxm radio in the car.  Now that I’m living in Spain, I don’t have it in the car, but I do listen…

7 Reasons to Visit Ely

Many people who are doing the tourist circuit of England hit Cambridge, but most will leave without journeying the 17 or so miles to visit the hidden gem that is Ely, just to the North.  It’s one stop I demanded be included on our Spring Cathedrals and Choirs tour for Big World (the travel company…

History Reading Room: Witches and Richard II

In Halloween history news, the ghost of Jennette Device has been apparently seen roaming around a church in Pendle recently.  She was the 9 year old girl who testified against her own mother and sister in the famous Pendle Witch Trials which saw ten people convicted and killed for witchcraft (8 women and 2 men).  Jennette…

Witchcraft in Tudor England

I’m working this week on two podcast episodes with the History, Bitches podcast (which is great) that we’re putting out jointly, on Halloween themes, including witches and ghosts.  Today we recorded ghosts, so different places where Tudor ghosts are meant to be haunting, and tomorrow is witches.  As such, I’ve been doing a lot of…

The Execution of Lady Jane Grey

When I was 24 I moved to London because I was in love with the English choral tradition, and wanted to immerse myself in music and history.  I also happened to have a crazy crush on an Unavailable Man who lived there, but even though the man and I didn’t work out, I fell deeply…

The History Reading Room: Gladiators, Nordic Scotland, and Champing

A roundup of my favorite history-related stories I’ve clipped recently! Gladiators: Live Fast Die Young From BBC History Magazine’s HistoryExtra blog: http://www.historyextra.com/article/feature/gladiators-facts-ancient-rome Everybody has ideas about Roman gladiators.  They’re a mainstay in movies, and we all have an impression of what it would be like to have to go into a ring and fight another person…