The allied invasion of Normandy initiated through the infamous D-Day landings in 1944 is one of the most familiar historical events in British history. Yet what is seldom recognised is that this was not the first time a large …
Benjamin Trowbridge has worked at The National Archives for several years and currently works in the Medieval Records Team. His specialist area of expertise and interest is in late medieval records relating to warfare and military personnel, especially for the Hundred Years War period (1337-1453).
Benjamin has written several blogs for The National Archives on archival records relating to subjects such as the campaign and battle of Agincourt and on 15th century soldiers such as Sir John Fastolf and SIr Hugh John. He has provided training to postgraduates on using archival record sources to research individual soldiers and warfare during the late medieval period. He is currently involved in cataloguing the registers of Privy Council of Charles I.
Benjamin has a BA degree in History and an MA (Res) in Medieval studies from the University of Reading.
It is approaching 950 years since William the Conqueror triumphed at the battle of Hastings on 14th October 1066; a pivotal date in England's history. Many know the drama that unfolded in what could be described as a real life historic …
Winston Churchill in a speech in the House of Commons in October 1943 famously described the unique and ancient friendship between England and Portugal as an alliance “without parallel in world history”. It is 630 years since a treaty of …
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