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  • Recommendation | A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

    “This was never the story of one woman, or two. It was the story of all of them…” Re-telling of Greek myths have had something of a renaissance in recent years, with highlights including the Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, Ariadne by Jennifer Saint and the Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker. Today…

  • Laocoön and His Sons: Art and Myth (Guest post by Analisa Soverns-Reed from Accessible Art History)

    Throughout history, myths and legends have provided endless subject matter for works of art. The stories of gods, heroes, war, and love have served as inspiration for many of the great works we have come to know and love! One of these great works is a sculpture group called Laocoön and His Sons. Created during…

  • The Judgement of Paris

    Let me paint you a picture – you’re just casually tending your flock on the mountainside of Mount Ida when the god of travellers appears with three goddesses and a golden apple. On it is inscribed ‘for the fairest’ and your tasked with judging which goddess you think is the fairest. Well, it was never…

  • The Cottingley Fairies: A Study in Deception Exhibition

    I first heard the story of the Cottingley Fairies when I was a kid and watched the movie Fairy Tale: A True Story, which came out in the late 1990s. I’ve always found it a fascinating story, and I’m not the only one, as the story has cropped up again and again in the media…

  • Update from Some Sources Say

    I’ve decided to take a hiatus from blogging for the foreseeable future as I don’t currently have capacity to create content alongside full time work and my marketing course. However, you can still check out all my past content which will remain available on my blog site. You can check out all the content categories…

  • Trailblazers: Anne Lister

    It has not always been possible for the LGBT+ community to be open about who they are and who they love. Finding historic LGBT+ figures can be difficult, yet today’s trailblazer left us a priceless resource for exploring LGBT+ love in 19th century Britain. That woman was Anne Lister (1791-1840). Born in Halifax in 1791,…

  • Royal Hostages

    When Robert the Bruce and his wife Elizabeth de Burgh were crowned King and Queen of the Scots on the 25th March 1306, she reportedly said “Alas, we are but king and queen of the May”. Robert had taken the crown against the might of the English, and their position was definitely an uncertain one.…

  • The Maid of Norway

    History is full of sliding doors moments, and when looking at medieval Scotland such a moment can be seen with the death of Margaret, the Maid of Norway. The young Norwegian princess was the daughter of Eric II of Norway and Margaret of Scotland. She was born around 1283, and it’s believed her mother died…

  • The Story of Dido Elizabeth Belle

    If you follow Some Sources Say on social media you’ll know that this month’s history topic is ‘Stories Behind Paintings’. The following painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle is one of my favourites, and today I’m going to introduce you to her story. Now I want to start by saying the sources about Dido are conflicting…

  • Duccio di Buoninsegna (Guest post by Analisa Soverns-Reed from Accessible Art History)

    Without a doubt, Duccio di Buoninsegna is one of the most important artists in the history of art. However, he is often overshadowed by later artists like Giotto, Donatello, and Leonardo. But, it was Duccio’s flirtation with naturalism and development of the Trecento art style that helped to lay the foundation for the Renaissance. Although…

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