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Defeat of the Dutch Fleet

On 23 January 1795, William of Orange's fleet, stuck in frozen waters of the Zuiderzee, was attacked by the French cavalry.

23 Jan 2020 3:06 pm
Solving a Renaissance Murder Mystery

The most powerful family of Florence and the most powerful man in the world offer a new solution to one of the most notorious crimes of the age.

23 Jan 2020 1:35 pm
Removing That Little Knot

A Victorian doctor offering to cure female lunacy came under fire for his scandalous new operation: female genital mutilation.

22 Jan 2020 2:22 pm
1933: Death of a Democracy

On 1 January 1933, Germany was a democracy with a range of political parties. By the end of the year its parliament was a rubber stamp for Adolf Hitlers will.

21 Jan 2020 4:59 pm
On the Spot: Sophie Hay

If I was let loose in the archives of the Archaeological Museum in Naples I might never emerge.

15 Jan 2020 1:34 pm
Dont Dismiss Damsels

It is a pity when specialist historians condescend to an enthusiastic public.

14 Jan 2020 1:41 pm
The Aztec God of the Dead

An almanac of destiny predicts the fortunes of the harvest.

10 Jan 2020 1:34 pm
Brooklyn Baby

Brooklyn Baby

9 Jan 2020 3:53 pm
Has Monarchy Had its Day?

Shedding past light on recent royal scandal, four historians consider the future of an ancient institution.

9 Jan 2020 1:39 pm
News from Otherwhere

News from Otherwhere

8 Jan 2020 2:58 pm
A Portrait of Empire

Three lives from Britains 18th-century global empire speak of collaboration, resistance and ambivalence.

8 Jan 2020 1:32 pm
Fake News and the End of the World

Science and superstition collided when an apocalypse was predicted to strike the United States in December 1919.

7 Jan 2020 1:35 pm
A History of the Wolf

The most maligned of creatures, since ancient times, wolves have played a central role in mythology.

3 Jan 2020 1:55 pm
Quiz of the Year

Were you paying attention in 2019?

1 Jan 2020 1:30 pm
The Unrefined Regency

The Unrefined Regency

31 Dec 2019 2:30 pm
Catching Fuchs

Catching Fuchs

30 Dec 2019 2:30 pm
Theres Something About Marie

Theres Something About Marie

23 Dec 2019 2:30 pm
Beds and their Bedfellows

Beds and their Bedfellows

20 Dec 2019 4:41 pm
The Eggnog Riots

The Riot Act was read to young officers at West Point Military Academy on 25 December 1826, following a boisterous party which began the night before.

20 Dec 2019 3:11 pm
The Inca's Last Stand

An Indigenous rebellion in colonial Argentina foreshadowed later risings and resonates to this day.

19 Dec 2019 1:55 pm
A Uighurs' History of China

The repression in Chinas Xinjiang region has deep historical roots.

18 Dec 2019 2:13 pm
Travels Through Time: Eleanor of Aquitaine

Death, fealty, homage and power in 1199.

17 Dec 2019 3:59 pm
Misery in the Head

In the stomach, the mind, or the brain migraines causes and remedies have been debated for 2,000 years.

17 Dec 2019 1:44 pm
The First Shots in the Irish War of Independence

A squalid incident in Tipperary set the tone for a bitter conflict.

16 Dec 2019 2:32 pm
The Art of War

No one understood the literary dimension of conflict better than Michael Howard.

16 Dec 2019 2:19 pm