The Life and Execution of King Charles I

Seven years of fighting between Charles and Cromwell claimed the lives of thousands, and ultimately, of the King himself. Introduction As a King, Charles I was disastrous; as a man, he faced his death with courage and dignity. His trial and execution were the first of their kind. Charles I only became heir when his brother Henry died[…]

A History of the Coronation Ceremony of the British Monarchy

The earliest English coronation that is recorded in detail was the crowning of the Anglo-Saxon King Edgar (ruled 959-975 CE) in 953 CE. Introduction The coronation ceremony of the British monarchy as we know it today involves many elements that have been a part of the pageantry ever since the 11th century CE. Such features[…]

Nero: Cowardly Tyrant to the End in Ancient Rome

Though a coward, Nero thought a voluntary death better than the indignities which he knew awaited him. The emperor Nero (ruled A.D. 54-68) was the son of Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus, and of Agrippina, daughter of Germanicus Caesar, and sister of Caligula. Nero’s original name was L. Domitius Ahenobarbus, but after the marriage of his mother[…]

The Cowardice of Alcibiades and the Revenge of Ancient Athens

He could not keep his word as he kept changing sides and lived in exile. Alcibiades, the son of Cleinias and an Alcmeonid woman named Deinomache, was not yet twenty years old when the Archidamian War (the first phase of the Peloponnesian War) broke out. With his mentor Socrates, he was present when general Phormio[…]

How to Drive Defensively around Big Trucks

Commercial trucks often use the same roads as other non-commercial motor vehicles, and as you may already know, many crashes recorded each year involving large trucks. Since truck drivers usually spend a lot of time on the road, specific measures should be taken to prevent those accidents. When sharing the road with haulage trucks, you[…]