The Death of Thomas Becket

On 29th December 1170, Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered by four knights inside Canterbury Cathedral. The son of a successful London merchant, Thomas Becket was born in Normandy in 1118. Thanks to his father’s wealth, Thomas received a good education in Paris and soon became an agent to Theobald, Archbishop of Canterbury, who sent him […]


The Crowning of Henry III

Henry III was crowned King of the English on 28th October 1216. He took over a troubled and divided country, which had suffered greatly from the unsuccessful reign of his father, King John. Born in Winchester on 1st October 1207, Henry was only nine years old when his father died. Too young to rule independently, […]


Geoffrey Chaucer and the birth of Saint Valentine’s Day

If it hadn’t been for Geoffrey Chaucer, the celebrated medieval writer of The Canterbury Tales, then it is unlikely that we would connect the celebration of St Valentine’s Day with romance and love. In 1382 Chaucer wrote the Parlement of Foules to honor the first anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II to Anne […]


Battle of Britain: The Hawker Typhoon

The Hawker Typhoon (or “Tiffy”, to use RAF slang), was a single seat fighter-bomber largely assembled by women factory workers at the Gloucestershire Aircraft Company during the Second World War. The aircraft took its first test flight in February 1940. It was originally intended as a medium-range, high altitude interceptor to replace the Hawker Hurricane. […]


Opinion: Is a Graphic Novel Literature?

Is there such a thing as a graphic novel, to be included as sub-genre of literature? Or is a comic always a comic? In 1964, Richard Kyle unwittingly sparked a debate that would rage throughout fan circles and puzzle non-fans for decades to come. What did he do? He coined the term ‘graphic novel’. In […]


V for Vendetta

Previously, we have had an opinion piece on the subject of Graphic Novels as literary canon. A prime example referred to was V for Vendetta. How is this the case, though? What makes this work so relevant? V for Vendetta (Moore and Lloyd, 1982) is a post-apocalyptic story set in the United Kingdom, which charts […]


The man who lost India

Part of your History GCSE course covers the events of the Amritsar massacre in India in 1919. The following provides some more information on the disaster and on the British officer who allowed it to happen. Edward Reginald Dyer was born in the Punjab on 9th October, 1864, the son of an Anglo-Indian brewer. He […]


English Toolkit 1

‘In order to successfully complete the required writing assignments for both GCSE and A’ Level English, you will need to understand how to use a variety of descriptive styles. This lists below give examples of the most important elements in the writer’s toolkit. 1) Simile A simile is a word or phrase that likens one […]


Psychological Perspectives on Bullying

According to a report published by Ditch the Label (2013), up to 69% of people will experience bullying while at school, with appearance and interests proving to be ‘the biggest targets for playground taunts.’ The impact of this bullying on achievement and attainment at school is profound, with 56% of bullied pupils feeling that their […]


The Black Death: Rats and Pestilence

Recently there has been some media attention afforded to the Black Death, with the discovery of a number of victim’s bodies discovered by railway construction workers in London (this was the subject of a recent channel 4 documentary). You can study the subject in detail through such media, but perhaps someone new to the subject […]


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