The Black Death in the Channel Islands
Oct06

The Black Death in the Channel Islands

Not the most pleasant of subjects but when the ‘great mortality’ as it was called struck the Channel Islands it left in its’ wake a scarred population, decimated in numbers and traumatised in the minds and bodies of all islanders.

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The Normans – A Timeline
Aug04

The Normans – A Timeline

Guernsey and the Channel Islands were very much at the heart of the old Duchy of Normandy and then in 1066 we were propelled into the wider world when our Duke, William the Bastard defeated the English King Harold at Hastings. In this artilcle we outline some of the defining moments in the history of the Norman dynasty.

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Secrets of The Bayeux Tapestry : Hidden Meanings & Gestures
Apr18

Secrets of The Bayeux Tapestry : Hidden Meanings & Gestures

The Bayeux Tapestry is an historical artifact that never fails to impress depicting as it does such a pivotal moment in British and Channel Island history, that of the invasion & conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. But look closely and you will come across oddities that are hard to explain, mysterious characters, some named, some not, appear in the main body and borders. Add to that some of the cuirious rather theatrical gestures they appear to be making and there emerges a sense of mystery.

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Why didn’t Napoleon Ever Invade the Channel Islands?
Mar31

Why didn’t Napoleon Ever Invade the Channel Islands?

Given that Britain and France were at war almost permanently between 1792 and 1814, it does seem strange that Napoleon Bonaparte made no effort to occupy what were almost exclusively French-speaking islands just a few miles off the French coast.

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The Day King John Commited Murder and the Channel Islands lost a potential Duke
Oct28

The Day King John Commited Murder and the Channel Islands lost a potential Duke

History can often turn on the actions of a single individual. April the 3rd 1203 was such a day when King John committed murder. If he hadn’t committed this heinous crime then the whole history of Guernsey and the Channels Island could have been radically different.

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1066 and all that … the day the Channel Islands became part of England
Oct14

1066 and all that … the day the Channel Islands became part of England

On Sunday the 14th October 1066 ‘William the Bastard’, Duke of Normandy (andthe Channel Islands), invaded and defeated the Anglo Saxon king of England, so that henceforth the Bastard was to be forever known as William the Conqueror. In this article we look how at how he won at Hastings.

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The Origins of Guernsey French and Other Channel Island Languages
Sep16

The Origins of Guernsey French and Other Channel Island Languages

Guernésiais, Auregnais, Jèrriais and Sercquiais – the local names for the French spoken in the respective islands – are direct descendants from the Norman French spoken at the time of the Conqueror. In this article we look at their ‘family tree’.

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The Silver Mines of Sark – A Short History
Jun24

The Silver Mines of Sark – A Short History

OVER the generations Sark has received her fair share of invaders. In 1834 250 Cornish miners ‘invaded’, brought over to open new Silver Mine shafts.

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When Sark was a pawn in international politics
May08

When Sark was a pawn in international politics

The history of the Channel Islands is anything but dull. Even the little island of Sark has been invaded, abandoned, sacked and liberated several times in the course of its’ history. However none has been more intriguing than the 16th century tale involving the French, a Holy Roman Emperor, the Governor of Guernsey and a Flemmish pirate no less!

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Game for a Laugh – Some Channel Island Jokes
Jan23

Game for a Laugh – Some Channel Island Jokes

If you can’t laugh at yourselves every once in a while then something is seriously lacking. here we’ve gathered together a few Channel Island Jokes that play on the rivalries and stereotypes we as islanders like to apply to each other.

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Local Historic Figures and Celebrities – Can you name them ?
Oct03

Local Historic Figures and Celebrities – Can you name them ?

Moores Hotel has a rather curious mural on the wall of it’s upper level – a pantheaon of Baliwick historical figures and modern day celebreties (including a rather curious cat) … but can you name them ?

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St Magloire – Patron Saint of Sark
May30

St Magloire – Patron Saint of Sark

October 24th is the feast day of a local Saint you may never have heard of, Saint Magloire. He’s credited with introducing Christianity to Sark and as such has been adopted as the patron saint of the island.

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Sark – A Potted History
Aug02

Sark – A Potted History

In this article we have a whirlwind look at the history of one of the most enigmatic of the Channel Islands, Sark.

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Sark Legends – The Pirates of Sark
Nov30

Sark Legends – The Pirates of Sark

A local Sark legend about how the island was taken over by pirates and how they were eventually driven off by cunning and guile.

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Power to the People – The Clameur de Haro
Oct26

Power to the People – The Clameur de Haro

The ordinary Guernseyman, and indeed all Channel Islanders, have an extra-ordinary legal power at their fingertips, available no whereelse in the world. The “Clameur de Haro”.

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