History Mentor Blog

Wishing all happy May Day celebrations, a traditional celebration of Spring, with dancing round the Maypole!     Two Celebrations in One   Since the late nineteenth century, it has also been a day to celebrate workers’ rights. However, let’s get one thing straight: celebrating Labour Day does not make...

History Mentor mourns the Hospitaller Grand Master's passing. For posterity, I reproduce yesterday's announcement by the Order of Malta. Grand Magistry Announces Death of H.M.E.H. Grand Master Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto 29/04/2020   With profound regret the Grand Magistry announces the death of His Most...

The article below, from TES, argues that sensory play is crucial to a child's development. I agree and think all parents need to let their children do this, even if it means cleaning up a big mess at the end of the day! Also, schools should...

Below is the text of my contribution to the Conference/exhibition, Chipre a través de los tiempos. It took place on 7 November 2012 at the Facultad de Geografía e Historia de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. It was held to coincide with the Cyprus Presidency...

With Hitler's birth date approaching on 20 April, it's important not to forget the evil of the Shoah. It's also important to highlight that women can be as brutal as men: History Today Article HISTORY MATTERS The Real 'Beast of Belsen'? Irma Grese and Female Concentration Camp Guards   The...

Preface   A plaque reads 'Unidentified church at Kisthiniou Street', but is this the site of Our Lady of the Victory Church? It’s still commonly thought that the Victory church site lies in the North-East corner of Rhodes’ old town walls. Yet Elias Kollias, former Ephor of...

Preface   How did the days of the week get their names? Etymology can tell us something about the early History of the English language and the peoples who came to Britain. Modern English is influenced by Celtic languages, Anglo-Saxon, Nordic, French, Greek, Latin, plus more recent...

Foreword   History is based on mainly written sources, though archaeological evidence is used when available. So at some point in your studies you will need to take part in this process by writing an essay. Essays are a good way to test understanding, but also skills...