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Histories of the Unexpected
In 2016, Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell teamed up to create Histories of the Unexpected, to reveal surprising facts and new perspectives on the history of anything and everything. We caught up with them for a chat on the surprises of…
Stonehenge traffic
2018 marks a centenary of Stonehenge being gifted to the nation, yet access to it is more restricted than ever. The ability to see the landmark from a passing car window is under threat as plans resume to place a tunnel underneath it, while…
Leanda de Lisle
Leanda de Lisle is a journalist and best-selling author on Tudor history. Her latest book, White King: The Tragedy of Charles I, was published earlier this year, and we were lucky enough to talk to her about it, the Tudors and Stuarts, and the…
Helen Castor at Chalke Valley History Festival 2018
Helen Castor is an award-winning historian and Bye-Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. She has graced our bookshelves and televisions on the ever-fascinating subjects of Joan of Arc, the Wars of the Roses, and powerful medieval women. This…
CVHF
In the final week of June 2018, cannon fire rocked the valleys around Broad Chalke, Wiltshire, while fighter planes and bombers flew overhead in dazzling displays of skill. Soldiers responded to calls to arms, flashing their weapons in the bright…
RMS Titanic
A new documentary, aired on Channel 4, suggests that the real reason RMS Titanic sank was not ice, but fire. Titanic expert Senan Molony claimed in the documentary, shown on New Year's Day, that an uncontrollable fire weakened the ship causing…
Origins of ancient dogs
Although we know that modern dogs are descended from domesticated wolves, the time and place this happened has been hotly debated. Now new research undertaken by an international team of scientists led by Oxford University, and informally known as…
Endeavour Thomas Luny 1768
Researchers with the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) have announced there's an 80% to 100% chance they have found Captain James Cook's ship Endeavour. HMS Endeavour started life as a coal ship called the Earl of Pembroke…
Robert the Bruce seal
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed an export bar on the seal of Robert the Bruce to prevent its sale abroad. Robert the Bruce was King of Scots from 1306 until his death in 1329. He famously led the Scottish to victory over the much larger…
Greek text fragment Thermopylae
Parts of an ancient Greek text have been discovered in the Austrian National Library describing another Battle of Thermopylae. Details of the battle were found among several other fragments, all initially recorded by the Athenian writer Dexippus…
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