The Early Medieval period is famous for Dark Ages England, but the rest of the world still existed in the Dark Ages - and for some civilisations, it wasn't even the Dark Ages but a Golden Age.
Crime in society has always existed, but peace has always been the objective, even in the Dark Ages.
Sailors, criminals, prostitutes, bikers and thugs used to have a sign that was known to the entire civilised world. But times have changed. Now grandmothers, sportsmen, royals and artists have the sign. Only now it is not a sign but a symbol of belonging, a statement, a decoration or a bit of fun. The latest fashion accessory that will stick around longer than boot styles: tattoos.
It is no coincidence that my least favourite month is named after probably the least glamorous god. January, dragged down by the cold, poverty and the post-Christmas famine, is the most dreary of months. And what is worse, January somehow manages to be the longest month lasting seven weeks. At least.
By October, the chilly nights and crispy mornings indicate that winter is coming. Throughout history, it has been a time to prepare.
Ahoy maties! 19 September be the day we talk like a pirate. So get yourself some grog, landlubbers, and hold off swabbing the decks for a while.
A few years ago, the school I taught in decided to change the history curriculum, which meant that the Year Seven children would not be studying the Battle of Bosworth in the summer term. The consequence of this was that the annual history trip was no more. I was very sad, and especially on the anniversary of the battle, 22 August (1485). The significance to history is that it was the start of the Tudor Dynasty, which led to the break with Rome, hence the birth of the Church of England. Children need this visit.