Happy Blogiversary to Me! Part 1

A year ago today, I published my first post, Great Dunmow’s Medieval Manors, on this blog.  Originally, I created my blog to publish some of my dissertation research ‘Religion and Society in Great Dunmow, Essex, c.1520 to c.1560′ from my Cambridge University’s Masters of Studies in Local and Regional history awarded to me in January 2012 (sadly, the degree no longer appears to be running).

However, over the year, this blog has evolved into a patchwork of posts all loosely based around the local history of the North Essex town of Great Dunmow, English medieval history, early-modern England and Tudor history. To celebrate my blog-anniversary, today and tomorrow I will be publishing my most viewed 12 posts from the last year.  Thank you for reading my posts, writing lovely inspiring comments, and ‘talking’ to me on twitter.  I look forward to writing another year of posts and sharing with you my view of England’s rich heritage and history.

Below are my most viewed top 6 posts from the last year.

Interpreting primary sources – the 6 ‘w’s1. Interpreting primary sources – the 6 ‘w’s – For all historians-in-training – analysing primary sources.


Harley 6563 f.72 Cat in a tower2. Images of medieval cats – Cats, as illustrated on the folios of medieval illuminated manuscripts now in the care of the British Library.


Elizabeth I Procession Portrait – Robert Peak the Elder 1551-16193. Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Great Dunmow – The story of Queen Elizabeth’s I’s Royal Progress through Essex and Suffolk during the Summer of 1561.


Harley 2915 f.84 Priest celebrating mass4. The clergy in pre-Reformation England – The vicars and ‘Sirs’ of the pre-Reformation Catholic clergy with particular reference to the 1520s clergy to Great Dunmow.


1566 Pamphlet detailing the trial of Agnes Waterhouse of Hatfield Peverel5. Blacksheep Sunday: Witches, witchcraft and bewitchment – The tragic story of a neighbourly conflict in Great Dunmow during the 1560s which exploded into the accusations of witchcraft and bewitchment.


burning of 13 persons at stratford le bow 15566. Thomas Bowyer, weaver and martyr of Great Dunmow d.1556 – The story of how an established family from the town of Great Dunmow produced a son who in 1556 was burnt at the stake for his Protestant faith.

Join me next time to discover my next top 12 posts (6-12)

Which were your favourite posts and why?
Please do leave your thoughts 
on my blog below.
Thank you!

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8 Responses to Happy Blogiversary to Me! Part 1

  1. Olga says:

    Happy blogiversary!

  2. Michael Walsby says:

    And many happy blogreturns !

    Much appreciated.

  3. Nicola says:

    Happy Blogiversary!

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog. Keep up the good work.

    Best wishes


  4. The Narrator says:

    Thank you for your lovely comments.

  5. CONGRATULATIONS!!! As I’m new to your blog I thankyou so much for celebrating by sharing with us “newbies” your 12 “top posts”. What a joy and thanks again.

  6. The Narrator says:

    Thank you Catherine. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog – good luck with it and keep going!

  7. Boomeranging all those good wishes right back to you… :-)

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