In early June of 1623, the pilgrim settlers of the Plymouth colony in Cape Cod are hard at work. With another difficult winter behind them, the members of this small, beleaguered community are looking forward to the hot summer months. But warmer weather does not necessarily bring respite from the hard work of sustaining a fledgling colony in the New World. Spring and summer … [Read more...] about A Day in the Life of… A Mayflower Pilgrim
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The sun is rising on a crisp winter’s morning in the city of Oxford. As the first rays of light strike the top of the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian library, the distinctive golden limestone begins to glow, setting the city alight. Oxford is a place suffused with history, a town built around an 800-year-old university, with roots stretching back to the early Middle Ages. … [Read more...] about A Day in the Life of… JRR Tolkien – Creator of Middle Earth
Editor's Note: This is the last article in this series about the days in the life of famous British historical figures. If you would like to see this one continue, please leave a comment in support, and we'll commission more! It’s a hot, sultry summer’s day in Kent, and Winston Churchill is spending the parliamentary recess at his family home in Chartwell. It’s 1948, and … [Read more...] about A Day in the Life of… Sir Winston Churchill’s Daily Life After the War
On the 14th of July, 1910, Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst is in London, celebrating her 52nd birthday. She wakes in her simple accommodation in the headquarters of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Clement’s Inn, in London, where she is currently directing the campaign for women’s suffrage together with her daughter, Christabel. Mrs. Pankhurst is known as one of the … [Read more...] about A Day in the Life of… Emmeline Pankhurst – Suffragette and Political Icon
During His Illness Servants and physicians gather outside the royal bedchamber in Windsor Palace, near London. Heads bowed and whispering, they huddle together, anxiously discussing the king’s behavior and arguing over the right course of treatment. After a moment, the door opens and Francis Willis, the new doctor, emerges, having completed his examination of George III, … [Read more...] about A Day in the Life of… King George III During and After His Illness
Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson stands aboard the Elephant, a 74-gun warship currently en route to the Baltic Sea. This great naval leader surveys his squadron, comprising 12 warships and 7 frigates, and anxiously ponders the task ahead. Nelson, second-in-command to Admiral Hyde Parker, is charged with detaching Denmark from the League of Armed Neutrality, a task that is far from … [Read more...] about A Day in the Life of… Horatio Nelson – Hero of the Battle of Trafalgar
A blustery autumn wind rattles across Lake Windermere, in England’s northern Lake District, tearing the crimson leaves from the maple trees and tracing swirling patterns on the water. This spectacular corner of England is a natural wonder, and over the centuries has provided many notable artists with inspiration for their works. Writers, painters, and poets have all been swept … [Read more...] about A Day in the Life of… Beatrix Potter – Artist, Conservationist and Creator of Peter Rabbit
The lark, herald of the morning, rouses William Shakespeare to wakefulness in the bedchamber of his grand home in Stratford-upon-Avon. As the sun rises, so does England’s most famous bard, eager to exploit the daylight hours and begin work. Early morning is the best time for writing, free from the distractions of home, family, and business, and on this bright and breezy spring … [Read more...] about A Day in the Life of… William Shakespeare – Writer. Actor. Grain Merchant?
Servants move silently through the darkened bedchambers of Queen Elizabeth I, completing their morning tasks with the reverence due to a great monarch. The fire is lit, warming the cold rooms in the Palace of Whitehall; water is heated, ready for the queen to bathe, and her clothes are laid out. As the queen wakes, her attendants hurry to her side, dressing her in a simple gown … [Read more...] about A Day in the Life of… Queen Elizabeth I – Gloriana – The Last Tudor Monarch
Life in Tavistock House, the home of renowned writer Charles Dickens, runs according to a strict schedule. Dickens is a stickler for routine, which he claims is the secret to his productivity, and woe betide any person who comes between him and his work. This cold January morning in 1852 is no exception, and Dickens rises before the dawn, at seven o’clock in the morning, eager … [Read more...] about A Day in the Life of… Charles Dickens – A Victorian Literary Titan At Home
Editor's Note: This is the first part in a new series of articles we're trying here at Anglotopia. We're going to pick important British historical figures and go through what a typical day would be for them. First up is literary great Jane Austen. If you like this concept/series please leave a comment! It’s just before six o’clock on a sunny spring morning in 1798, and Miss … [Read more...] about A Day in the Life of… Jane Austen – New Article Series – A Look at Daily Life in Late Georgian/Regency England