About Us – The New Nu History

Formerly known as W.U Hstry, as of 2020 our blog took a new direction. We had been running since 2010 and a lot can change in a decade. Not only has our team changed, but also our styles, interests, and overall direction. So, it was time for a change: Nu History was born. A lot of the content originally published under our previous domain is still available here, but there were piece that simply didn’t make the cut, so if you can’t find something anymore, that would be the reason.

The name Nu History came from a sincere attempt to not just renovate our writing efforts but our vision. The “nu” borrows much from other cultural trends that have undergone revivals and revisions in the first two decades of the 21st century. Inspired by popular culture, music, and previous new waves of history, we decided that the concept of “nu” (like new but edgy I guess) represented what our current focus is. We are leaving the little academic formalities behind, as well as any reverence or allegiance to our respective home institutions and universities to represent ourselves and our love for history and the humanities in a fresh, non-apologetic way.

We have also taken this opportunity to launch our new podcast series – Nu History Podcast. The podcast is hosted by Lilly, our founder and chief contributor, as well as Alex, who has been a key pillar of the team since 2013. We will also be joined by James who is a Roman scholar and reenactor new to the team, and other guests covering different periods and aspects of history, culture, and the humanities.


Lillian C.G: I am Lilly – Actually Dr Lillian Cespedes Gonzalez now! – and I came up with the idea of a history blog in 2010. I really wanted to write about history, but about what I liked or what we didn’t cover in class. So, I gathered some fellow students and started this little project. I am technically a cultural historian, with a focus on the Viking Age, and art! But I like knowing bits and pieces from all over history and the world, so often you will find me blogging about whatever I can think of . My vision for Nu History was to keep bringing obscure things to the table but also revisiting known topics with fresh eyes, which I believe has always been at the core of what we do here. We dare to think and research outside the box and our passion for knowledge is insatiable.

Alex Popović: Hello readers, I’m Alex. You’ll mostly see me writing about Viking history on this blog, as Early Medieval is my favourite period. I also enjoy looking at different forms of warfare and weaponry throughout history. I’ve been told this makes me a warfare specialist, but I still write about many other things when something takes my interest 🙂

James Reah


answerellie: I am a Winchester graduate of 2016. My interests cover English and European medieval and Renaissance history covering 1100 to 1600, and my undergraduate dissertation covered King John’s Anglo-Welsh social and political alliance. I occasionally stray into the modern twentieth century but tend to focus on Medieval/Renaissance social and cultural history particularly queenship.

lauraljpotter: Hi I’m Laura, I’m a Winchester graduate of 2016 and have a Masters in Library Science but I still love my history! I contribute when I can on all manner of subjects, but my main loves are on gender and social history.

Samantha: Before I joined wuhstry in 2014, I thought I knew what history I enjoyed writing about. I was always fascinated by Military History as a child, I thought that would continue well into my university studies. However, since studying for my undergraduate degree in History, I have become interested in many more aspects of history. These topics include Migration, Religion, Gender and Culture. I still like Military History, but I tend to write about a variety of periods and or topics now.

15 thoughts on “About Us – The New Nu History

  1. Hi. 🙂

    I’m following now, but am finding it a little hard to navigate between topics. It’d be quite cool if you had a page listing all of the post titles or something, just to make it easy to pick out something to read. Just a suggestion. 😉

    I can see the ‘sections’ bit on the side bar, but it’d be nice to have a page with EVERYTHING on. 🙂


    1. Lillian C.G

      it’s a third year student, but the essay is based on research she had to do for a university one so i guess you could do a quick reference


  2. Mélanie Struik

    Hi, thanks for your interesting blogs. But I miss one important aspect: were are the sources? Please give literature references, then your blogs will become even more valueble!


    1. Lillian C.G

      Do you mean for a specific update? In many they are cited in text.
      Thanks for the note though so we can keep an eye out


      1. Mélanie Struik

        Hi Lilian,

        I read the nice article with the title

        Women in Renaissance Portraiture
        Posted on 22/03/2015 by Alex Popović

        I didn’t find any literary references and I’m really inteested in it…

        Best regards,
        Mélanie Struik
        Leidschendam, the Netherlands


      2. Lillian C.G

        Hi Melanie,

        Sorry for the late reply, but both of the editors of that article have been away on holiday all summer so I have only been able to get some info now.
        This was actually an article that we reviewed recently that has been “reblogged”, by our author Ellie (answerellie). I will give you more info regarding the sources in a little it when she gathers her notes.

        Thank you for your patience.


    2. Hi,

      Apologies for the late reply! I reviewed and reblogged the Women in Renaissance Art article (it was a challenge I had set the original author which is why I reviewed it) and I’ve unearthed some of my notes for this!

      I’ve used Taschen books a lot since they write on specific research for individual artists – from Jan Van Eyck, to Leonardo and all the greats in portraiture. Most of my focus is directed from a book by the National Gallery on Pisanello who painted for the d’Este house in Ferrara, he portrayed the typical image of an Italian female in the Renaissance period, his most famous piece is ‘Princess of the House of Este’ which is my favourite piece out of all. One author who is a must for Renaissance art in general is Evelyn Welch who wrote books such as ‘Art and Society in Italy 1350-1500’. You will find quite a few books that give good introductions to Renaissance art and women’s role but one in particular would be the Oxford History of Art series.

      I hope this helps and thanks for your query!


  3. Martyn Marsh

    I look forward to reading the many articles on this site.
    Currently, I am working on a long term project on the Portuguese contribution during WW1. Portugal has sadly been scapegoated by this country for nearly 100 years & blaming them for the collapse of La Lys end of the trench network during the German Spring Offensive of 1918. The Portuguese Army was 20,000 strong manning 5 1/2 miles of trench & on that fateful day they were hit by 100,000 German troops. Every since this whenever the PEF is mentioned the comment you hear is ‘oh they ran away’ well the British & French armies weren’t exactly hanging around either & no they did not run away. I find this a bit rich coming from us as we completely messed up & to cover this glaring failure the Portuguese have been blamed every since. My mission is to restore the good name of the Portuguese Army & get an acknowledgement that they did not run away but put up a brave defence while facing overwhelming odds.


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