‘Revolting Prostitutes’: The Exploitation of Els von Eystett in 15th Century Germany, by Lewis Jones

This article will feature in Issue 37: Oppression and Resistance The year is 1471, and sitting in the middle of Germany’s Romantic Road is a tranquil village – Nördlingen. Yet, like most German towns, Nördlingen was home to a licensed brothel. The brothel wasn’t just the home of 12 prostitutes, it was of substantial economic Continue Reading

Oliver Cromwell: Liberator or Cruel Dictator? By Alexandra Luxford

It is widely argued that Oliver Cromwell was simply a ‘king in all but name’ and no better than the tyrannical regime he helped overthrow. His army credentials served to enforce the idea that the English Republic was a military dictatorship characterised by the banning of Christmas, strict Puritanism and widespread oppression, particularly in Ireland.

The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Christian Influence on Witch Persecution, by Eleanor Maher

The study of the persecution of witches is not a new idea – the almost morbid fascination with women’s persecution in the form of witch trials has permeated our imaginations for decades. Indeed, the image of the witch has long been a figure of literature and art: from folkloric tales, to modern day films.