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Monday, 22 February 2016

Women in Medieval Guilds

In the Middle Ages trade was controlled by organizations called guilds. I found an interesting article about guilds and this is a quote from it: 'Oftentimes when a man died his widow would assume responsibility for the business and take his place in the guild. And guess what? Single women could join guilds in areas where women practiced a craft, and they were considered equal to men'. http://merryfarmer.net/2012/03/medieval-monday-cities-crafts-and-guilds/ 

Last invasion of Britain

On 22 February 1797 the last invasion of mainland Britain took place.The French landed near Fishguard in Wales but they soon surrendered.www.localhistories.org/wales

Friday, 19 February 2016

Copernicus

On 19 February 1473 Nicolaus Copernicus the man who realised the Earth orbits the Sun was born www.localhistories.org/copernicus

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Pluto

Happy birthday Pluto. It was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh on 18 February 1930. (The name Pluto was suggested by an 11 year old girl called Venetia Burney). www.localhistories.org/outerplanets 

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Friday, 12 February 2016

Charles Darwin

Happy birthday Charles Darwin, the most famous person from Shrewsbury (apart from Cadfael, of course) www.localhistories.org/darwin 

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Captain Scott

On 10 February 1913 the bodies of Captain Scott and his companions were found in Antarctica www.localhistories.org/scott

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Pancakes

Pancakes were invented because people were not allowed to eat eggs or butter during Lent. They used up the last of them by making pancakes. Its Shrove Tuesday because shrive meant absolve a sinner of his sins. People confessed to a priest and were 'shriven' before Lent. www.localhistories.org/desserts 

Monday, 8 February 2016

Catherine I

On 8 February 1725 Catherine I became the first woman to rule Russia. She ruled till 1727. Other women were Anna (1730-1740), Elizabeth (1741-1762) and of course Catherine the Great (1762-1796). She was one of the most powerful women rulers in history. www.localhistories.org/russia 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Sri Lanka

Happy birthday Sri Lanka, independent 4 February 1948 www.localhistories.org/srilanka