Obelisk's in Karnak Templ
Ancient History

Erecting an Obelisk: A Monument of Egyptian Grandeur

December 1, 2017

One of the female Pharaoh Hatshepsut’s greatest achievements were the obelisks that she had quarried and erected at Karnak Temple. Let’s talk about just what a great achievement it was—how difficult it was to quarry an obelisk and to erect it. In some ways erecting an obelisk was harder than building a pyramid. […]

Ancient History

Intrigue, Insanity, and the Reign of Commodus

December 1, 2017

Marcus Aurelius departed sharply from the adoptive principle of succession, seeding the advancement of his son Commodus despite his extreme youth. A Decision that would prove to be disastrous. […]

Image of Tower of London
European History

The History of London: A Guided Tour Through the Developing City

December 1, 2017

At the beginning of the Tudor period, London was already by far the most important city in the realm. By the end of the Stuarts it would be 10 times as large, the center of a worldwide empire, and arguably the source of the most vibrant culture in Europe. […]

Illustration of the return visit made by Viceroy Lord Canning to Maharaja Ranbir Singh of Jammu & Kashmir on 9 March 1860 (Image: By Simpson, William (1823-1899)/Public domain)
British History

British India: How Britain Lost the Jewel in the Crown

December 1, 2017

In 1858 India formally became a direct possession of the British Crown, and become known as the “Jewel in the Crown.” To justify their rule, the British argued that they were going to bring superior European culture and political institutions into a backward continent. It was their of own doing, however, that Britain lost control over the nation. […]

Painting of a Scullery Maid
British History

The Life of Domestic Servants in Victorian England

December 1, 2017

As standards of social decorum for the upper classes increased in the later Victorian period, the need for servants increased as well.

A Difficult Life

The British census of 1891 found that 1.3 million girls and women worked as domestic servants. They were usually recruited between the ages of 10 and 13, after they had been through some elementary schooling. Many employers hoped for the servants they hired to have at least some elementary literacy and numeracy. […]

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