Longbourn by Jo Baker


As Darcy and Elizabeth’s #2 fan (after my friend Naomi) I was always going to be biased reading and reviewing this book. When I finished Longbourn I tried to imagine if I would’ve read it…

But…You Said We Were To Marry!


Until 1971, English law allowed a jilted person to claim damages from the person who had offered and then refused to marry them. People who brought breach of promise claims were almost always female. If…

So, You Dress Up At Weekends?


“So, you dress on the weekends?”…how many times have I heard that? It’s usually at that point in the party, road trip, after work drink or whatever, when the group has split into pairs or…

Charlie’s Merry Mistresses


To be honest, back in the day you weren’t really a King without a lovely piece on the side. And if there is one King who took full advantage of this it was King Charles…

The Cathars


If, like me, you always thought that the medieval period was made up of monks, peasants and boring manuscripts, then you would be partly right. However, there were also some bizarre sects with what can…

Inside North Korea


Of all the pieces I have written for this site, this is probably the hardest. This is because it’s an ever evolving and ‘unfinished’ piece of history, shrouded by obscurity and suppression; masterminded by control….