New blog!

Hi everyone!

First of all I am very sorry for not updating the last one and a half month: life got in the way. Nothing spectacular happend just a lot of great things which made me forget my blog.

And now for something completely different: I started a new blog named Nathalie Blogt. You might wonder why someone who does not blog regularly should start a second blog but the reason is very simple: for this blog a lot of research is done and needed to produce an article the other blog is light weight and easier to maintain. This will not mean I won’t post here anymore; it still is my history outlet although more academic: re-enactment will be a topic which will be written about on both blogs so you won’t miss out on that. The other blog is also both in Dutch and in English.

Since the new semester has started again for me I am enrolled in a new course about the Dutch East Indian Company between 1700-1710. By investigating several ships and their journeys we (students) try to paint a picture of how the Company worked and how life on a ship was. I am assigned to investigating the crew of the Beverwijk.

So, I hope to see you all on Nathalie Blogt. There is no blog post yet but I will inform you on this blog.🙂

Zuiderzee Pool (Zwembad Zuiderzee)


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Last Friday (December 28th) me and a friend of mine were taking photos in an old building near the village of Scharwoude, and old is not meant as you might assume reading this blog but more like 1950s old. When we were there I got curious as to what the building was for and decided to find this out.

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Research series | Crime and Punishment aboard the Dutch Navy #2


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In the last ‘Research Series’ the Articles of War of 1702 were discussed but now the Articles of 1795 deserve some attention. In this part not only the Articles of 1795 are going to be discussed but also a few theories about professionalization of the judiciary process to see if they fit the ‘present’ situation. Continue reading




For today only a quote from Adenauer which relates a little bit to the article of why one should study history.

De geschiedenis is de totale som van de dingen die hadden kunnen vermeden worden.

German: Die Weltgeschichte ist auch die Summe dessen, was vermeidbar gewesen wäre.

English: History is the sum of things that could have been avoided.

Konrad Adenauer
Duits politicus 1876-1967

Femininity in Irish sagas | The Exile of the Sons of Usnech


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Irish medieval history has always been an interest of me because of the mysterious tales and heroic sagas. I liked it being younger and just reading them, now I like to study the stories and learn more about Irish medieval culture. In this post I will discuss the ambivalent role of women in the sagas by looking into their most powerful weapon: words.

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Why study history?


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tumblr_mfnfuq9d3b1rcgmdoo1_500_largeFirst of all I want to apologize about not posting for a while: I was very busy with college and had a few papers due which meant that I did not feel like writing a post but simply watching the telly. While I was writing all these papers someone made a general comment on the use of studying history: we could learn from the past. My immediate response was that we cannot learn from the past by studying history and the only reason I study history is because I like it. After a while the comment started to nag at me because why then would someone study history if you can’t learn a thing from it?

Edit: With this post I also want to kick start a ‘Weekly Writing Challenge’ and write one article every day for a whole week, starting today.  

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Short Book review | Nederlanders van het eerste uur


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As you might have read in the article about my ideal bookshelf I quite enjoyed the book Nederlanders van het eerste uur: het ontstaan van het moderne Nederland 1780-1800  by H.M. Beliën, D. van der Horst & G.J. Setten (eds). Continue reading

Literature & Books | My Ideal Bookshelf


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Now for something that has little to do with history but more with one or perhaps the key aspect of a historical study: reading. Besides my college books and obligatory books for certain courses, I have always loved reading and have read many a novel or fiction book. Continue reading


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