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Aulus Vitellius Meets an Undignified End
Dominic Sandbrook is a historian and presenter. His Radio 4 show on The Real Summer of Love is available at Archive on 4 The emperor Vitellius has not had a good press. The historian Suetonius said he was “stained by every sort of baseness”, while C
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Surviving the Cold
“Mr Rat came out of a hole and I thought: ‘I’m not sleeping with that coming out of the bed every night!’” When war broke out, the then 27-year-old Elizabeth ‘Dolly’ Shepherd, from Potters Bar in Hertfordshire, was a recently retired professional pa
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Family Values
Medici women are notable in the book for their absence The Medici are a fascinating family. First documented in the 13th century, they rose to power on the back of a banking fortune. With “snares, traps and deceits” they made themselves de facto r
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The Sioux Are Cut Down at Wounded Knee
By the winter of 1890, the Lakota Sioux had reached a grim nadir. After decades of expansion by white settlers, with their bison herds hunted almost to extinction, most were now confined to reservations in North and South Dakota. Alienated and fright
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Britain’s Unholy Mess
Jerusalem, 11 December 1917. It was one of the most carefully choreographed moments of the First World War. The Holy City had fallen to soldiers of the British empire after four centuries of rule by the Ottoman Turks. At the end of a bleak year on th
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Accompanying a major new film, this is a smoothly written account focusing on the dramatic early weeks of Churchill’s premiership. The first 40 per cent is a potted biography, offering familiar generalities (“Winston was foremost a Victorian”) and in
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Boston Rebels Dump Tea Into the Sea
It was dark in Boston when the Tea Party began. After years of rising tension between Britain and its American colonies, attention had become focused on the Tea Act of 1773, which reaffirmed the controversial tax on imported tea. At the end of Novemb
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Holy Wars: How Diplomacy Unravelled Post-1917
The British government publishes the Balfour Declaration (left) promising to promote “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people”. The Ottoman empire capitulates. The region known as ‘Occupied Enemy Territory South’ fro
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Raising the Curtain
Richard Shakespeare is a young actor working in the theatre company for which his older brother William is the principal dramatist. The year is 1595 and the Lord Chamberlain’s Men under the protection of their patron, Lord Hunsdon, are growing ever m
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“The Boston Tea Party Was a Lawless Act in Defence of Higher Principles”
“John Adams was right to note the boldness of the Bostonians’ action. They had rejected cheaper tea on principle – they didn’t accept parliament’s power to tax them, they hated that the revenue paid the salaries of certain government officials, and t
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Black Faces of Tudor England
The popular perception that people of African origin first arrived in England aboard the Empire Windrush in 1948 is misplaced – by at least 400 years. Scores of black men and women set up home in England as early as the 16th century – many arriving f
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Three More Novels Featuring Shakespeare
Burgess’s well-known verbal virtuosity is much in evidence in this vivid re-creation of Shakespeare’s life and loves, first published more than 50 years ago to coincide with the quatercentenary of the playwright’s birth. Taking its title from a line
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“The Children of Australian Convicts Were More Successful Than Those of British Convicts”
Mark Jeffrey’s life has been mapped on the Digital Panopticon website The Digital Panopticon set out to answer a question posed in the 1780s by philosopher and social-theorist Jeremy Bentham: what worked best to reform criminals – prison or transpor
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An Appointment at the House of Death
In 1825, visitors to St George’s Hospital in London discovered mushrooms and maggots thriving in the damp, dirty sheets of a patient recovering from a compound fracture. The afflicted man, believing this to be the norm, had not complained about the c
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Back on the Street
Polly Gray (Helen McCrory) and Luca Changretta (Adrien Brody) in the new series of Peaky Blinders “The series asks: if you are born in a certain environment and class, can you escape?” Somewhere off Manchester’s Piccadilly thoroughfare lies
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5 Things You Might Not Know About... Concorde
Concorde completed its first successful supersonic flight in October 1969, yet its first commercial flights didn’t take place until January 1976, after 5,000 hours of testing. These commercial flights saw British Airways fly from London Heathrow to B
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The Anatomy of Pain Five Feared Victorian Procedures
To alleviate pressure in the head, a Victorian surgeon might perform a procedure known as trephination in which he drilled or scraped holes into the skull. Even before the discovery of anaesthetics, surgeons frequently performed mastectomies on pat
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Final Days
On 10 December 1963, the British High Commissioner of Aden, Sir Kennedy Trevaskis, was targeted in a grenade attack at Khormaksar airport. So began what came to be known as the Aden Emergency, in territories that now form part of Yemen. The British
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History News Round-Up
Forensic scientists are examining a headless skeleton in a Highland mausoleum in a bid to determine whether it is indeed that of 18th-century Jacobite sympathiser Simon Fraser, the 11th Lord Lovat (pictured left). The scientists, from Dundee Universi
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The Cruel Cost of the Blitz
A notice painted on an air-raid shelter in 1940 exhorts Londoners to “keep smiling”. Over the following months, Britons’ famous ‘Blitz Spirit’ would be tested to its limits Women give the thumbs up through union flags used to cover a bomb-shatter
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Also Look Out for…
It’s wasn’t easy being Elizabeth Windsor as Britain made its way into the 1960s. So seems to be the central message of the second season of The Crown (Netflix, from Friday 8 December), which picks up from where the previous season left off and appare
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Why Separatism Is Turning Up the Heat on European States
“Catalans argued that, when investing in projects like high-speed rail, the Spanish government showed Madrid undue favouritism” ANGEL SMITH Tensions between a Catalan sense of separate identity and central Spanish authority go back centuries. By the
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A Fearless Fossil Hunter
Dorothea put herself at extreme risk during her excavations, contracting malaria in Cyprus, scarlet fever in Majorca and nearly starving in Crete Even at four o’clock in the morning it was warm. The stars were just beginning to lose their brillianc
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Charles II: Five More Places to Explore
After agreeing to Presbyterian demands, Charles was crowned king of Scotland at Scone Palace on 1 January 1651, following the tradition of Scottish kings. The ceremony took place on Moot Hill and was Scotland’s last coronation. Wor
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Old News
Although the first Harley Davidson rolled out of its workshop in 1903, it wasn’t until after the First World War that the motorcycle became universally popular. By the 1930s, more than 80 different makes of motorbike were available in Britain, from t
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Politician, Schemer, Patron, Sex Symbol
Caroline would overcome huge barriers to occupy one of the great positions in European royalty Caroline of Ansbach became queen of Great Britain by refusing to become Holy Roman Empress. In the autumn of 1703, the young aristocrat received a breath
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Five Things to Do in December
A phoenix rising from the ashes in a 13th-century bestiary from Jacob Meydenbach’s Ortus Sanitatis, 1491, one of the first natural history encyclopedias British Library, London Until 28 February 2018 - 020 7323 8299 • Muggles and
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Past Notes the Nobel Prize
Who was Nobel? Born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1833, Alfred Nobel was, like his father, an engineer and inventor. He’s best known for inventing dynamite, which he patented in 1867. When he died in San Remo, Italy in 1896, he’d acquired more than 350 pa
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Caroline’s Friends and Enemies
Caroline’s relationship with her father-in-law, King≈George I, defined her early married life. In 1717, George I expelled his son, George Augustus, from court and he also assumed guardianship of his grandchildren. Caroline accompanied her husband dur
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The Camargue, France
The Carbonniere Tower, surrounded by marshland, once defended the town of Aigues-Mortes Romany flock to the Camargue for the annual celebration of their patron saint, Sara-la-Kali “White horses – one of the oldest breeds in the world – still ro
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