You may have heard of Beaumarchais. He was a watchmaker, publisher of Voltaire’s works, gun runner for the rebels in the American Revolution, but most notably a playwright of works such as The Barber of Seville (which Mozart adapted into an opera.) In Beaumarchais’s time, writers were not well paid. The theatres of Paris held […]
“Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” — adapted from the memoirs of Hiram Withington, in The Iron Lady screenplay by Abi Morgan.
Amazing Grace (dir. Michael Apted, written by Steven Knight) seems to be the first major film to depict the life and activism of Wilfred Wilberforce. I was reluctant to write any review because I’m not sure of the historical accuracy of Wilberforce’s life. However, from a creative point of view, I find the use of […]
2 years ago, I witnessed the re-enactment of the battle of Waterloo. Thousands of talented volunteers from around the world walked through the footsteps of Napoleon, Wellington, and Blücher, and their allies and armies. Although we didn’t have the best seats on the field, it was wonderful that so many dedicated re-enactors, or living historians, brought history to […]
In a letter to the British press, an American Federalist was sure of victory over Madison’s “Democrats.” “De Witt Clinton will be president; Mr Monroe will go out; his successor is not named.” He continued that “our secretary of treasury is going down as fast as possible. His budget will, no doubt, be the laughing […]
At times, it looked as if the election of 1812 would be a close one. At any rate, its outcome was more important than remembered. Even as late as July 3 1813, the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser in Australian was speculating on who the winner was. Their information, which came from across […]
At the start of 1812, insurgents were big news in the French media. “We learn from Valencia that the small fortress that Marshall Sechet has left in his rear, blockaded by various corps of the army, have successively surrendered, and the siege of Valencia has been seriously prosecuted by General Harispe, who commands under the […]
Like many of today’s historical films, Mysteries of Lisbon is long (very long). Before investing four and a half hours in a movie, it might be an idea to read a review or two. After I invested my four and a half hours, ideas for reviews kept invading my head. But there are so many […]
John Michael Priest is a well respected author of the American civil war, especially the battle of Antietam. Notice we didn’t say War Between the States or Sharpsburg. Some of you might accuse us of bias. Well, that’s nothing new.
As the EU wins the Nobel Peace Prize, we are reminded of a time when Europe was the site of many deadly wars. Many institutions, from NATO to the UN, have claimed responsibility for the relative peace in Europe since the end of the Second World War. Can any of these claims be substantiated, or […]