How Scotland arrived in Westminster

This week I’ve been re-reading Alison Weir’s The Lost Tudor Princess, Alison Weir’s book about Margaret Douglas, Henry VIII’s niece via his sister Margaret, who married the King of Scotland.  When her husband died, she married again for love, and had Margaret, who, because she was born on English soil became a legitimate heir of the perpetually…

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…

History Reading Room Weekly Roundup – Uhtred of Bebbanburg is arriving!

Here’s a roundup of the history stories that I’ve been reading this week! Stash of Medieval Knickers Discovered From BBC History Magazine’s HistoryExtra blog: http://www.historyextra.com/lingerie Have you ever wondered what kinds of underwear people wore before there was comfy Fruit of the Loom’s made with nice soft cotton?  I have.  Obviously, being a woman, I’m…