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Rope, Racks, And Reputations Ruined.

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 04:36 AM by Just Hannah

I often get asked this question: "how can you defend a man like Thomas Cromwell? He tortured people, he killed the Queen, and wrecked all those pretty abbeys."

If truth be told, thats' what I initially thought, too. I had this image of a hulking monster lurking in the shadows of Henry VIII's glittering Court, wringing his hands, and wondering who's head he was going to chop off next. However, I then learned how to scratch beneath the surface of other people's historical research,...
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Life under communism

Posted April 6th, 2012 at 06:59 AM by Spatar (A blog on Romanian history)

There are many discussions in the Forum about the Communist times about different aspects of life under the regime or about the policies of the regime. I decided start a series of post under the blog about how the Communism was seen from inside, more specifically life under Ceausescu in Romania. There are enough materials on the web about the history of different regimes but I think the personal experiences are also valuable. The time is flying and I think the direct testimonies must be there in...
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Edward IV Demise

Posted April 7th, 2012 at 01:30 PM by Crystal Rainbow

The Protector


Richard had just told his brother Edward that Berwick Castle was safe back in English hands and a peace treaty was made between England and Scotland. It was news that had made Edward so happy it was that best piece of good news that he had heard for ages. Edward wanted the country to celebrate with him as he had bonfires lit and bells ringing joy out to those towns...
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Rievaulx Bridge

Posted May 6th, 2012 at 04:59 AM by Building Panoramics

Rievaulx Abbey is a wonderful place to visit, with extensive ruins as can be seen in our pictures of it at http://www.buildingpanoramics.com/project/rievaulx-abbey/ The picture taken from inside the chancel is looking out towards Reivaulx Bridge over the river Rye. When you go to Rievaulx is is well taking time to travel further down the road South to the abbey bridge. This is where Turner sketched two views of the abbey in 1816, and went on the paint the famous water colour of 1825 which is done...
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Enmeshed in a Web of Debt

Posted June 11th, 2012 at 08:10 PM by spellbanisher
Updated June 26th, 2012 at 11:51 PM by spellbanisher

To tackle my project of showing the origins of money manager capitalism, I've decided to described the evolution of four institutions in American economic history; debt, managerialism, the welfare state, and cultural fundamentalism. In this thread and in subsequent ones, I discuss debt.

Debt is often seen in moralistic terms and having become a problem fairly recently. It depicted as the result of bad apples rather than systemic forces, of greedy, impatient individuals spending...
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