Edgar Quinet and the Protestant Origins of the French Revolution

Portrait of Edgar Quinet by Sebastien-Melchior Cornu / National Portrait Gallery Examining the connections Quinet made between the Protestant Reformation and the French Revolution. By Dr. Bryan Banks Assistant Professor of Early Modern and Modern European History, Comparative Revolutions, and Religious Studies Columbus State University Historians have explained the origins of the French Revolution in[…]

The Turbulent 17th Century: Civil War, Regicide, the Restoration, and the Glorious Revolution

St George’s Day procession, with King James under a canopy attended by Knights of the Garter, chaplains, choirboys and others (ff. 43v–44r), Paintings of London in the friendship album of Michael van Meer, c. 1614-1615 / University of Edinburgh, Creative Commons The 17th century was a time of great political and social turmoil in England,[…]

Feudalism: The Social and Economic Fabric of Medieval Society

Nuit du 4 août 1789 dans l’ Assemblée nationale française / Musée de la Révolution française, Wikimedia Commons Generally, feudalism has been regarded as the fabric of medieval society, and the stage of social and economic development that preceded Capitalism. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 10.03.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction Feudalism is a political[…]

Octavian Augustus: ‘First Citizen’ of the Roman Empire

The Age of Augustus, the Birth of Christ, by Jean-Léon Gérôme, c.1852 / Getty Images, Creative Commons Augustus was the “first among equals”, though of course equality was in so sense an accurate description of either him or ancient Roman life. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 10.04.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction Augustus was a[…]

Who Was Julius Caesar?

Vincenzo Camuccini’s depiction of the death of Julius Caesar / Getty Images, Creative Commons Caesar made politics and power his life’s ambition.   By Dr. Sarah Midford (left) and Dr. Rhiannon Evans (right) Midford: Lecturer, School of Humanities Evans: Senior Lecturer, Ancient Mediterranean Studies La Trobe University Posterity will be staggered to hear and read[…]