Tag Archive: Matthew Hill-Spur

Evergreen: The Origins of the Modern Christmas Tree

“It is difficult to imagine Christmas without a Christmas tree. It is one of the most vivid and recognisable symbols of this festive time of year…”

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An Ordeal of Honour: The 13th King’s and the Somme Offensive

For the 100th anniversary of the Somme Offensive, read the story of the 13th Kings Regiment in the British military and their heroism during the ordeal.

Tolkien’s War: The History behind The Lord of the Rings

This article focuses on the experiences of a young J.R.R. Tolkien as a British soldier in the trenches of WWI, and how his personal war shaped his fantasy universe in The Lord of the Rings.

An English Jacobite: James Radcliff, 3rd Earl of Derwentwater and the ’15 Rising

Learn about the heroic life and death of James Radcliff, Earl of Derwentwater, a Catholic English nobleman and stalwart Jacobite who participated in the 1715 uprising against King George I, and was beheaded as a martyr for “the king across the water” and the Catholic faith.

“Gentleman Johnny”: The Life and Times of General John Burgoyne

The Right Honorable General John Burgoyne, General in the British Army and MP for Preston, is probably most famous for commanding the losing Army at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777, during the… Continue reading