The Malleus Maleficarum: The Hammer of Witches

The Early Modern witch hunts that so characterise our modern knowledge of Europe and the American Colonies, particularly in the 17th century, have captured the popular imagination for centuries. Infamous trials like that at Salem continue to lure our attention today, and our obsession with witchcraft and magic still permeates our literature, films, and television […]

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Windsor Castle, Heart of the Monarchy

Windsor Castle is one of the most recognisable sites in England. Built in the 11th century just after the Norman invasion of England, it has inspired castles across the world and has been the hub of the English and British monarchy for centuries. The castle is the longest-occupied palace in the whole of Europe, the […]

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Royal People: Isabella of Woodstock, The Medieval Princess Who Controlled Her Own Fate

It is a well-rehearsed fact that in the medieval period princesses were political currency, pawns who were married off to foreign strangers as small children and were expected to fulfil their duty with grace and without complaint. But one woman who defied these expectations that we hold of medieval royalty was Isabella of Woodstock, the […]

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