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Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley is famous as the wife of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and as the author of the classic novel Frankenstein. But these two facts, interesting as they are, belie the depth of character…
Earl of Essex
On Sunday 8 February 1601 a group of armed men, perhaps 300 strong and led by the petulant earl of Essex, marched through London. Their attempted coup failed: London would not rise, the plotters had…
The Black Death
The Black Death looms large in the modern imagination, as it did in the minds of late medieval people. It is a spectre, or shadow, reminding everyone of their mortality, and the briefness of life.…

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Moon landings
How much do you really know about the Moon landing in 1969? Try the 50th anniversary quiz and find out!
Name the historical character from their on screen depiction
Can you match the following film and TV characters to the real historical character? See if you can get over 70%!
Valentine's Day
How much do you really know about the history of Valentine's Day?

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Film reel
Historical cinema comes in for endless criticism from reviewers, viewers and – of course – historians: filmmakers bring their own interests, opinions and biases to their work. They make films not…
Hereford mappa mundi (13th century)
As the final part in a trilogy of articles on space and history, I met up with Oxford professor Dr Elizabeth Baigent, University Reader in the History of Geography and SCIO Senior Tutor at Wycliffe…
Struggling to keep the kids engaged with homeschooling during lockdown for Covid-19, or just bored and looking for new things to do? Check out this list of some of the best history-related (ish)…

Latest Reviews

Cat Jarman, River Kings
Cat Jarman’s River Kings takes a refreshing new look at the Viking Age, focusing on the important, but often overlooked, Scandinavian expansion eastwards. Her inspiration comes from a seemingly…
Hitler Years Disaster
The Hitler Years: Disaster, 1940-1945 is the eagerly awaited second volume in Frank McDonough’s new and extensive history of the Third Reich. Immediately following on from The Hitler Years: Triumph,…
Sally Coulthard Sheep
What’s truly joyful about 'A Short History of the World According to Sheep' is how Coulthard has woven together so many different disciplines – history, literature, archaeology, etymology,…