Ching Shih – From Prostitute to Pirate

Part 2 Zheng Yi and Madame Shih ruled through a “Confederation” which meant that there was not one pirate captain that dominated the other pirates but one could “lead” them on the condition that other pirates agreed and collectively they were so fearsome that they were known as “The wasps of the Sea” For their […]

Ching Shih – From Prostitute to Pirate

Part 1 Female pirates were raiding and pillaging in huge numbers on the seven seas predominantly from the thirteen hundreds with memorable women such as Anne Bonny, Jeanne de Clisson and Jacquotte Delahaye leading the way but there was one woman who reigned above them all Madame Shih, as she was originally known*, was born […]

Memento Mori – Remember your Mortality

Part 1 While most of us shy away from contemplating our inevitable death in fear of alerting the scythe-carrying, all-dressed-in-trendy-black foot soldier, many ancient and medieval communities embraced and reflected deeply upon death. Not because they were macabre or Emo-like, but because they were realists and profoundly religious and therefore very much able and willing […]

Poisonous Lipsticks to die for – part 5

Many urban legends have popped up through the years on the Internet, claiming that the British parliament passed all sorts of Witchcraft Laws banning the use of lipstick on “fear of being burnt at the stake.” Yes, lipstick was frowned upon by men and prudes, and especially by the church who claimed it to be […]

Poisonous Lipsticks to die for – part 4

During the Dark Age and the Middle Age, approximately from 476 AD to the end of 1000 AD, potions, medicinal concoctions and quite a bit of face paint had been blended by herbalists (who were eventually condemned as “witches” through serious propaganda from the church). This resulted in rouge and other facial delights becoming harder […]

The Jilted Maid of Britain

The Jilted Maid of Britain Once upon a time, in the middle of the sixth century and somewhere along the Baltic coast, there lived a king from the Varini tribe with his son called Radigis. Radigis was betrothed to the sister of an Anglian King (quite possibly East Anglian Ruler, Wehha or Wuffa) who lived […]