EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY'S HISTORY, CLASSICS AND ARCHAEOLOGY MAGAZINE
A first-class passenger onboard the ill-fated RMS Titanic, Margaret “Molly” Brown’s pleas to rescue people stranded in the Atlantic saw her immortalised in film. However, her philanthropic efforts extended far beyond the immediate tragedy, as Naomi Wallace explains.
The relationship between Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen has become embroiled in speculation and sensationalism in the decades following their deaths. Naomi Wallace examines the romanticism which continues to surround two of punk’s most enduring figures.
Anne Askew was burnt at the stake as a heretic in 1546. Naomi Wallace reimagines and brings to life her final moments.
Whilst the phrase “spare to the heir” has dominated headlines in recent months, it is an appellation which also overshadowed the early years of the future King Henry VIII. Naomi Wallace discusses the events that shaped the monarch, and the history of England.
R. F. Kuang’s 2022 novel, “Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence”, holds a critical lens to the British Empire, examining the atrocities perpetuated by academic institutions. Naomi Wallace discusses Kuang’s work which combines fantasy with a powerful critique of imperialism, set in nineteenth-century Oxford.
In April 1973, the Supreme Court ruling Roe v Wade granted the constitutional right to choose an abortion. In June 2022, this landmark ruling was overturned. By examining the situation in the US prior to 1973, Naomi Wallace discusses how history can reveal its devastating impact.
Once belonging to Queen Elizabeth I, the Chequers Ring has prompted intrigue – not least concerning the identity of the woman whose portrait sits alongside the monarch. Naomi Wallace discusses the theories surrounding this captivating piece.
Despite remaining one of the most celebrated works of medieval art, there is little discussion of the women behind the creation of the Bayeux Tapestry. Naomi Wallace discusses the theories surrounding its origins and the needleworkers responsible for this famous masterpiece.