The English Civil Wars (1642-51)

Firstly, why the English Civil Wars, and not just the English Civil War? Has there been more than one before? The answer to that is yes, and no. Read on to find out why!


Personal Profile Born: c. 1137-38, Tikrit, Upper Mesopotamia, Abbasid Caliphate (modern-day Iraq) Birth name: Al-Nasir Salah al-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub (westernised to Salah al-Din, or Saladin) Died: 4 March 1193 (aged 55-56), Damascus, Syria, Ayyubid Sultanate Reign: 1174 – 4 March 1193 as Sultan of Egypt and Syria Spouse: Ismat ad-Din Khatun Children: Al-Afdal ibn…… Continue reading Saladin

Zheng He: China’s Admiral of the Seas

Personal Profile Born: Ma He, 1371, Kunming, Yunnan, Ming Empire (South-West China) Died: 1433 (aged 61-62) or 1435 (aged 63-64) Other Names: Ma He, Ma Sanbao, Cheng Ho Era: Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Occupation: Admiral, diplomat, explorer, and palace eunuch Early Life (1371-81) A statue of Zheng He and his father in Kunyang, Yunnan, China. Unfortunately,…… Continue reading Zheng He: China’s Admiral of the Seas

A History of Christmas

Find out how Christmas and winter festivities have been celebrated through the ages, from 7000 years ago to the present day.