A History of Sex Work: The “Common Prostitute”

As the “oldest profession in the world”, the history of sex work is long and complicated by society’s weird relationship with it. For centuries sex workers have occupied an odd space in society: reviled, segregated, treated as a necessary evil, pitied, seen in need of rescuing, seen as being vital parts to the economy…but not… Read More A History of Sex Work: The “Common Prostitute”

Nobles Go Dating: The Five Wives of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk

The paparazzi would have loved Charles Brandon. He had everything you’d want for some good, gossipy stories – he was handsome and charming, rose to the top of the Tudor court from near the bottom and he hung out with all the A-Listers (he is the only close friend and courtier of Henry VIII’s to… Read More Nobles Go Dating: The Five Wives of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk

The Fascinating Elizabethan Women You’ve Never Heard Of

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that there was more than one woman in Elizabethan England. The Queen dominates the show, with a few notable exceptions – Mary, Queen of Scots*, Bess of Hardwick, and er… well that’s it really. But there’s hundreds of Elizabethan women who are just as interesting, and today I’m going to… Read More The Fascinating Elizabethan Women You’ve Never Heard Of