When the Puritans Killed Mary Dyer: ‘She Did Hang as a Flag’, Indeed

Inscription under the statue of Mary Dyer at the Massachusetts Statehouse, Boston. Note that the place given of her hanging is erroneous. / Photo by Sarnold17, Wikimedia Commons “Nay, I came to keep bloodguiltiness from you, desireing you to repeal the unrighteous and unjust law…” Mary Barrett Dyer (1611 – 1660) was an English Puritan turned[…]

The Puritans of Massachusetts: A Theocracy by any Other Name

John F. Paramino’s relief sculpture is the Founders Memorial in Boston, Massachusetts. It shows Boston’s first resident, William Blackstone, greeting John Winthrop / Photo by Dave Pelland In the 1630’s, English Puritans in the Massachusetts Bay Colony created a theocratic self-government that went far beyond what existed in England. Introduction In 1534, King Henry VIII[…]

Yearning for Rome in the Medieval Romanesque

South transept of Tournai Cathedral, Belgium, 12th century / Wikimedia Commons The Romanesque style appeared to be a continuation of the Roman tradition of building, albeit a much simplified and less technically competent version. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 09.14.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction Romanesque architecture is the term that describes the architecture of[…]

The Carolingian Dynasty: Resurrecting Rome in Western Europe

Carolingian gatehouse, Lorsch Abbey (Torhalle Kloster Lorsch) / Photo by Warrox, Wikimedia Commons The Carolingian Dynasty is noteworthy for the idea of a Western Roman Empire. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 09.14.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction The Carolingian Dynasty (known variously as the Carlovingians or Karlings) was a dynasty of rulers who began as[…]

The Graeco-Roman-Etruscan Marvel that Was Pompeii

Forum, looking toward Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii Pompeii was not always a Roman town. By the mid-sixth century BCE, both Etruscans and Greeks had settled in the area. By Dr. Francesca Tronchin / 09.02.2018 Independent Scholar of Classical Art and Archaeology Preserved under Volcanic Ash Pompeii may be famous today, with millions of tourists visiting each[…]

Ancient Greece: Not a Single Civilization

This ancient Greek fresco, known as The Toreador, was found on the Greek island of Crete. The ancient Greeks produced beautiful art and architecture. The Greeks were proud of the independence and individuality of their city-states. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 09.12.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction Many people believe that the greatest of all[…]