Mary Beard has set herself a huge task in writing SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome. Her aims are to cover Rome's first thousand years, from 'a tiny and very unremarkable little village' to an empire that ruled from Britain to Egypt. In…
After the Battle of Val-es-Dunes in 1047, the river became so clogged with bodies that mills downriver came to a standstill.
Quote of the Day
"A Conservative government is an organised hypocrisy.
~ Benjamin Disraeli
On This Day
1330Roger Mortimer, de facto ruler of England after he and Edward II's wife Isabella deposed Edward, was hanged at Tyburn for assuming royal power.
1530Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died of natural causes on his way to face charges of treason.
1781The crew of the British slave ship Zong massacred 131 captives by throwing them overboard in a bid to claim insurance money after the crew had made a navigational error and missed their destination.
1812Napoleon's army retreated across the Berezina River in Belarus. Although the army managed to avoid getting trapped, they suffered massive casualties, and the word 'berezina' became French slang for 'disaster.'
1947The United Nations approved the partition of Palestine to form an independent Jewish state.