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"24.01.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com The face of Cleopatra: was she really so beautiful? She was described by the Roman historian Cassius Dio as “a woman of surpassing beauty”, and is portrayed by Hollywood as a glamorous seductress. But was Cleopatra really the famous beauty “These coin portraits, surprising though they may be to those who have grown up with a 'Hollywood Cleopatra', are the only certain images we have of her…"
"24.01.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com The 8 bloodiest Roman emperors in history They are often described as ruthless and bloodthirsty, famous for their tyrannical reigns of terror. Here, historian Sean Lang examines eight of the bloodiest emperors of Ancient Rome… On this day in 41AD, Caligula was assassinated by his Praetorian guard…
"23.01.2017 16:30:00" visitchannelislands.com Visit Channel Islands The Channel Islands are steeped in history, from ancient neolithic sites and spooky pagan rituals to the only place in the British Isles to be occupied by the Germans. Lose yourself in our unique history during the Heritage festival 2017. ADVERT: What will you discover? A Channel Islands journey of heroes, myths and legends awaits…
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"23.01.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Britain's Civil Wars: The 15 key moments Britain was engulfed by war in the mid-17th century. Here, three leading historians of the conflict – Micheál Ó Siochrú, John Adamson and Blair Worden – consider the pivotal points… On this day in 1643, Sir Thomas Fairfax recaptured Leeds from the royalists after a three-hour battle, taking 450 prisoners…
"23.01.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com James VI and I: the king who hunted witches Tracy Borman reveals how James VI and I's obsession with devilry consigned hundreds of unfortunates to the flames... “Everyone feared evil portents – a hare crossing one's path, for example, or a picture falling from the wall. A pregnant woman would avoid gazing at the moon for fear that it could render her baby insane…”
"23.01.2017 13:00:01" historyextra.com Love, sex and marriage in ancient Egypt Some may think the behaviour of ancient Egyptians is far removed from that of the modern world but when it comes to the basics of love, sex and marriage, their behaviour is rather familiar… From sexual innuendo to 'trial' marriages – the ancient Egyptians were not so different to us when it came to affairs of the heart…
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"23.01.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com Alfred the Great: do we overplay his 'greatness'? Did the Anglo-Saxon icon owe his success to serendipity? Alex Burghart asks if we're guilty of overplaying Alfred's greatness… "Although it was only in the 16th century that writers tagged him with his 'Great' epithet, Alfred swiftly came to be treated as the saviour – and even father – of England…"
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"22.01.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com Queen Victoria's children She redefined the British monarchy, creating the modern idea of the royal family so familiar to us today. But what was Queen Victoria like as a mother? “While Queen Victoria gave birth to many children, she did not necessarily like babies. “An ugly baby is a very nasty object,” she protested…”
"22.01.2017 13:00:01" historyextra.com Post-Black Death: a 'golden age' for medieval women? In the 150 years after the Black Death halved London's population, women enjoyed new economic power in the city… After the plague struck, sending London's population plummeting to 40,000 from a peak of 80,000 in 1300, opportunities for women multiplied…
"22.01.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com Bad manners, pomp and circumstance and a game of thrones: Inside the court of Napoleon Bonaparte Philip Mansel gives his view on the life of the French emperor who famously lost on the battlefield... “Napoleon was one of the rudest monarchs in history: he attacked in conversation as well as on the battlefield…”
"21.01.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com The story of the Titanic Dr Aidan McMichael and Charlotte Hodgman visit Queen';s Island, Belfast, where one of history's most famous ocean liners was built and launched... “First-class accommodation offered cabins ranging from £30, to private suites costing an astronomical £870 – more than £66,000 in today's money…”
"21.01.2017 13:00:01" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about the Great Fire of London One of the most famous disasters in London's history, the Great Fire of 1666 devastated the heart of England's capital, destroying more than 13,000 houses… “The burning lasted months, not days: Pepys recorded that cellars were still burning in March of the following year…”
"21.01.2017 12:00:01" historyextra.com A brief history of graffiti and creativity Sometimes it makes us laugh, sometimes it makes us think, and sometimes it is downright offensive. But what can graffiti past and present tell us about human creativity? “I might not like all illicit marks, but they at least involve somebody having thought creatively about how to avoid getting caught…”
"20.01.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com History quiz – paintings, rivalries and WW2 aircraft Several British aircraft in WW2 were named after UK towns – e.g. Short Stirling, Avro Lancaster, Handley Page Halifax, etc. Which of these places did NOT share its name with a plane used by Brit Several British aircraft in WW2 were named after UK towns – eg Short Stirling, Avro Lancaster, Handley Page Halifax, etc. Which of these places did NOT share its name with a plane used by Britain in WW2?
"20.01.2017 14:00:01" historyextra.com Abraham Lincoln, the United States and the world His assassination made him a martyr, but what was Lincoln's true legacy? For Richard Carwardine, the President's belief that American values can transform the world remains an inspiration… "His political principles, his wartime leadership, his role as the 'Great Emancipator', and his resolute defence of popular government spoke then, and have continued to speak, to peoples across the world…"
"20.01.2017 13:00:01" historyextra.com Murder, conspiracy and execution: six centuries of scandalous royal deaths From mysterious hunting 'accidents' to the public execution of Charles I, dozens of British royals died in suspicious or shocking circumstances… On this day in 1649, the trial of Charles I began…
"20.01.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com The 7 best couples in history History is full of extraordinary twosomes – some are remembered for their long-lasting romances, while others are defined by their tragic downfalls… “To the outside world their relationship looked nothing short of perfect. But in reality the president had numerous affairs…”
"20.01.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com Convicts and colonisers: the early history of Australia Booker Prize-winning author Thomas Keneally speaks to Rob Attar about the early history of his home country, Australia… On this day in 1788, the first fleet of British convicts arrived at Botany Bay in Australia…
"19.01.2017 16:00:00" historyextra.com The Battle of Britain In a talk from our 2015 History Weekend at Malmesbury, historian James Holland describes how the Luftwaffe and RAF fought to control the skies over Britain in 1940. “'Little Britain' is a postwar myth. We were not little; we were not David against Goliath. We actually had much in our favour…”
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"19.01.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Donald Trump's unsurprising victory The election of Donald Trump as president is shocking, but it is not something new, argues Dr Adam Smith from University College London (UCL)... “Trump's election resembles Thomas Jefferson's in 1800, Andrew Jackson's in 1828, Abraham Lincoln's in 1860, Franklin D Roosevelt's in 1932 or Ronald Reagan's in 1980. As in all those cases, the winner represented himself as an insurgent change-maker…”
"19.01.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com Did Churchill's postwar speeches save the world? By 1946 Winston Churchill had lost office. American troops were flooding back to the USA and Canada. Stalin's armies occupied vast swathes of eastern and central Europe and were poised to move westwards. “Far from being a spent force, the speeches Churchill gave in 1946 arguably led to his most important legacies…”
"19.01.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com The shot that sparked the First World War We shouldn't underestimate the killing of Franz Ferdinand in 1914, argues Christopher Clark. This was the event that, above all others, propelled Europe towards disaster... “The assassinations remind us of the power that a single, symbolic event – however deeply it may be enmeshed in larger processes – can wield over history…”
"19.01.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com How to build a medieval castle The Norman Conquest triggered a boom in castle building, but the process of creating a fortress from scratch was far from simple, as John Goodall finds out... “Top tip: Castle-building materials are big and bulky. If at all possible, try and move them by water, even if you have to build a dock or canal to do so…”
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"18.01.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Elizabeth II: the queen who saved the royals Britain's current Queen was an accidental royal heir, but she has become the country's longest-running ruler… “Elizabeth II was, like Victoria and Elizabeth I before her, never meant to be queen…”
"18.01.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Q&A: When were the first film trailers shown? One of the first film trailers was the brainchild of Nils Granlund, an innovative marketing manager… When were film trailers first shown and why are they called 'trailers' when they come before the film rather than trail after it?
"18.01.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com Elizabeth of York: a Tudor of rare talent She may not have sought the limelight as much as some of her contemporaries, but Henry VIII's mother, Elizabeth of York, was a Tudor of rare talent, says Alison Weir. On this day in 1486, Henry VII married Elizabeth of York…
"18.01.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com 8 things you (probably) didn't know about Pompeii Lost for centuries after being buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79, Pompeii is today one of the world's most famous – and fascinating – archaeological sites… “In the years and centuries after the eruption, salvagers explored Pompeii, tunnelling through walls and removing valuable objects…”
"18.01.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com 7 things you need to know about Anne Frank and her diary The diary of Anne Frank is one of the most famous – and bestselling – books of all time. Yet the girl who wrote it remains an enigma… "Anne chose the diary – a red and white chequered notebook – as a present for her 13th birthday…"
"17.01.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com 9 unsolved historical mysteries Who was Jack the Ripper, what happened to the Mary Celeste, and did Richard III really murder the princes in the Tower? These are some of the biggest historical mysteries of all time. Here, after scou The precise role of Richard III in the fate of his two nephews – popularly known as 'The princes in the Tower' – remains a subject of enduring mystery…
"17.01.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com The telegram that brought America into the First World War A hundred years after British intelligence intercepted the Zimmermann telegram, Dr David Kenyon, research historian at Bletchley Park, talks to History Extra about the how the telegram altered the course of the First World War… "On 17 January 1917, British intelligence intercepted the Zimmermann telegram, leading to one of the first occasions when a piece of SIGINT (intelligence gained by eavesdropping on an enemy's coded communications) heavily influenced the course of world
"17.01.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com Prehistoric treasures featured on latest Royal Mail stamps Sites included on the stamps are Skara Brae village, where fierce storms in 1850 stripped away sand dunes on Orkney's west coast to reveal traces of Neolithic stone-walled houses, and Avebury stone circles Royal Mail has released eight stamps featuring objects and sites of British prehistory, celebrating the UK's “incredibly rich heritage of prehistoric sites and exceptional artefacts”
"17.01.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com 5 things you probably didn't know about the Plantagenets It was one of the most violent periods in history. Yet through the chaos of the Middle Ages, the Plantagenets rose to seize control of England... "The sheriff of Essex plotted to attack London using cockerels who would have firebombs attached to their feet..."
"17.01.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com 7 moments in history you (might) think are made up but aren't There are some moments in history that are so odd, so surreal, that they sound completely made up. Here, historical blogger Jem Duducu rounds up seven of the most curious… On this day in 1942, Muhammad Ali was born…
"16.01.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com The young Queen Victoria's struggle to gain the throne Dr Kate Williams charts the challenges that the young Queen Victoria had to overcome in order to accede to the throne... "Victoria was spirited, vibrant and determined to be queen..."
"16.01.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Prehistoric village people The Orkney Islands are a mecca for prehistoric enthusiasts. Dave Musgrove went in search of the Neolithic people whose villages and burial places still survive to this day… "If you want to get a first-hand impression of the way of life, and death, of the first farmers in the British Isles, Orkney is the closest place you'll get to experiencing it…"
"16.01.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com 5 facts you (probably) didn't know about Nelson's navy For a sailor in the 'Age of Sail', the main scourge was not battle but boredom, though if they experienced any sailing warfare at all, it was random and chaotic. Historian, archaeologist a “The sails of a relatively small warship could block out two acres of sky…”
"16.01.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com History Explorer: The swinging sixties Alwyn Turner and Jamie Bowman visit the Cavern Club in Liverpool, centre of the music scene that redefined British popular culture... The Cavern Club, where the Beatles played 272 times between 1961 and 1963, opened on this day in 1957...
"16.01.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com 9 of the worst monarchs in history Historian Sean Lang rounds up nine of the most disastrous monarchs in history… On this day in 1547, Ivan 'the Terrible' was crowned tsar of Russia…
"15.01.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com How the French won Waterloo (or think they did) Two centuries after the battle of Waterloo, says writer Stephen Clarke, the French are still in denial. As soon as the cannons stopped firing in June 1815, French historians began rewriting history… “It can come as something of a shock to read Napoleon Bonaparte's official account of Waterloo, written on 20 June 1815, two days after the battle…”
"15.01.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com 7 things you (probably) didn't know about Elizabeth I Tracy Borman reveals some lesser-known facts about the famous Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I. On this day Elizabeth I was crowned queen of England at Westminster Abbey…
"15.01.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com 10 amazing Punch magazine sketches from 1859 to 1981 Famous satirical magazine Punch features remarkable cartoons that reveal a lot about the nation's social history... “Punch magazine is an encyclopedia of the English psyche, from the empire up to our post-modern era..."
"14.01.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com The East India Company: How a trading corporation became an imperial ruler The EIC is featured in BBC One's new drama 'Taboo' as a mighty, villainous organisation. But how did the company gain its power and profit in reality? "The first years of EIC rule in India were notorious for corruption and profiteering – the so-called 'shaking of the pagoda tree' or 'rape of Bengal'..."
"14.01.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com The real Joan of Arc Helen Castor endeavours to isolate the fact from the fiction in the tumultuous, tragic story of a French national icon... "Joan's tale is endlessly startling: how did a peasant girl persuade the king to put her at the head of his army?"
"14.01.2017 12:00:01" historyextra.com From Velcro to Viagra: 10 products that were invented by accident We tend to hold history's inventors in high esteem, praising their achievements as the fruit of ingenuity, insight, and painstaking research. "While testing microwaves in front of a radar set in 1946, Second World War engineer and radar specialist Percy Spencer, who had left school at the age of 12, felt the bar of chocolate in his pocket begin to melt…"
"13.01.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com History quiz – shambles, soldiers and medieval towns How will you fare in this week's history quiz? What, in a medieval town, was the 'shambles'?
"13.01.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com 6 strange newspaper stories that shocked Victorian Britain Jan Bondeson highlights six sensationalist, sinister and downright ridiculous Victorian newspaper stories, from fighting ghosts to scantily clad sleepwalkers… "The 'spectre' was draped in white, the proper attire for any self-respecting ghost, and made use of the equally orthodox outcry 'Booh!'..."
"13.01.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com The 11 most significant battles of the Second World War They took place across the globe; some lasting days, others months or even years. But which of the Second World War battles are the most significant? “The Luftwaffe mounted mass daytime raids against RAF bases and later London, hoping to gain air superiority and force Britain to make peace…”
"13.01.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com Sin City: thievery, prostitution and murder in medieval London Bruce Holsinger walks the mean streets of the medieval capital. If you were looking for a rich stew of criminality, 14th-century London was the place to find it…
"13.01.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com How the Wild West was spun The Wild West was a bountiful paradise tamed by swaggering patriots who did their talking at the point of a gun. That, at least, is the Hollywood version of events. On this day in 1929, Tombstone lawman Wyatt Earp died…
"12.01.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com A history of Istanbul Bettany Hughes discusses her new book on the history of Istanbul with fellow historian Peter Frankopan "We also talk about it as being the gateway to the east but, for the bulk of human experience, most of the exciting history in the story of the world happened in the east."
"12.01.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com Life after the White House: what US presidents through history did next Rob Attar looks back through American history to offer some suggestions as to how he might spend his post-presidency years, from farming to falling in love… As America's new president takes centre stage, Barack Obama may find himself with a lot more time on his hands...
"12.01.2017 14:00:01" historyextra.com 9 of Britain's best castles From medieval fortresses to dramatic cliff top ruins, Britain boasts countless awe-inspiring castles. Here we round up nine of our favourites… “During the Second World War, Highclere Castle briefly became a home for evacuee children from north London…”
"12.01.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com Agatha Christie: facts about her life Almost four billion copies of her novels have been sold across the globe, making Agatha Christie one of the most popular writers in history – her book sales beaten only by William Shakespeare. On this day in 1976, Agatha Christie died from natural causes at her home in Oxfordshire…
"12.01.2017 12:00:01" historyextra.com Bettany Hughes on the history of Istanbul Ahead of her talk on the history of Istanbul at Bristol's M Shed in February 2017, historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes talked to fellow author Peter Frankopan about her new book “Istanbul is such a character in and of itself. It's almost bigger than its rulers…”
Historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes talks to fellow author Peter Frankopan about the history of the city
"12.01.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com Out & About: the Mary Rose How do you solve a problem like the Mary Rose? The problem looks something like this: you have in your possession about a third of a 500-year-old Tudor warship that was raised out of the sea 31 years ago. Take a tour around Henry VIII's ill-fated warship with naval historian Sam Willis…
"11.01.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Anne Boleyn's lapdog and John Quincy Adams's alligator: 10 famous people in history and their bizarre pets We 21st-century types are dedicated pet-lovers – the UK pet industry alone is worth an estimated @4bn – but we shouldn't think this is a recent obsession… "During the Civil War, the royalist commander, Prince Rupert of the Rhine, owned a much-beloved white hunting poodle called Boye, who was trained to cock his leg and urinate on cue whenever the name of the enemy commander, Pym, was spoken…"
"11.01.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com The battle of Rorke's Drift: a symbol of empire On 22 January 1879, 150 British troops fought 4,000 Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift. To Victorian readers, the stand became one of the supreme symbols of imperial heroism… On this day in 1879, the Anglo-Zulu War began…
"11.01.2017 13:00:01" historyextra.com 8 Vikings you should know about From famed warriors to ruthless female settlers, Gareth Williams from the British Museum rounds up eight top Vikings… “Bjarni Herjolfsson was the captain of the first ship of Europeans known to have discovered North America. Credit is more often given – especially in America – to Leif Eiriksson, known as Leif the Lucky…”
"11.01.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com 8 places that shaped the life of William Shakespeare He is considered by many to be the greatest playwright of all time, credited with leaving a profound mark on Britain's culture and heritage... "Shakespeare was a well-travelled fellow. He may not have ventured as far as Verona, Venice or Denmark, but he certainly knew England..."
"11.01.2017 11:00:01" historyextra.com Did Britain make the modern world? As the British empire recedes into history, says Tristram Hunt, the cities that it helped forge are fast becoming the economic powerhouses of the 21st century... "The 21st century has witnessed an agonised public debate about the legacies and meaning of Britain's colonial past..."
"10.01.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com David Bowie's life in pictures A year ago today, David Bowie died from cancer at the age of 69. Here, we look back on his remarkable life and career in pictures... "Here was a creative genius who understood art and design, looked cool, inspired us and upset the establishment..."
"10.01.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com First ladies of art: three trailblazing female artists from history Amanda Vickery speaks to Charlotte Hodgman about three notable women who beat the odds to achieve artistic fame... "Sculpture, with its physical demands, masculine tools and need for detailed anatomical knowledge, was historically considered the most 'unladylike' artistic genre..."
"10.01.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com The glorious Caesars Rome's first emperors are often decried as tyrannical, sex-mad monsters – but, as Tom Holland explains, the likes of Augustus, Caligula and Nero brought peace and stability to the Roman world... On this day in 49 BC, Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon…
"10.01.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com 6 Magna Carta myths explained Dr Ariel Hessayon explores six common myths associated with Magna Carta, and reveals how our shared perception of it owes more to events in the 17th and 18th centuries than the 13th. “The transformation of Magna Carta from an important document into an iconic one was mainly the achievement of one man: the jurist Sir Edward Coke…”
"10.01.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com 10 First World War slang words we still use today Banter, camaraderie and a satirical sense of humour helped make life bearable for the everyday Tommy in the trenches during the First World War. In 1914–18, for the first time in Britain's history, huge numbers of men from every conceivable walk of life had been put together in a huge citizen army, and as a result they developed their own language…
"09.01.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com Q&A: Could Roman slaves buy their own freedom? Was it usual for them to own money and property in their own right and could their masters confiscate it at will? Is it true that Roman slaves sometimes bought their own freedom?
"09.01.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com What did the ancient Greeks do for us? To say that we owe a lot to the ancient Greeks is nothing new. Everywhere we look, we see echoes of that world in our own: democracy, philosophy, art, architecture, science, sport, to name but a few. "In ancient Greece, democracy was based on slavery, and excluded women..."
"09.01.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com 10 facts about Stonehenge It is possibly the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. But how much do you know about Stonehenge? Here are 10 important facts... Following the news (via The Independent) that an 'Italian Stonehenge' has been discovered...
"09.01.2017 12:30:01" historyextra.com Who was the best 20th-century prime minister? If Britain's 20th-century prime ministers were lined up in an election, who would get your vote? Francis Beckett, editor of a collection of political biographies, judges Britain's leaders On this day in 1957, Anthony Eden resigned as prime minister…
"08.01.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Tudor tunes: music at the courts of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and James VI and I Music was of paramount importance at the Tudor royal court: performers were tasked with privately entertaining monarchs and tutoring their children, and were rewarded generously... "Musicians who played 'loud' instruments – such as trumpets and cornets – were less valued than those who played 'soft' instruments, such as strings..."
"08.01.2017 13:00:01" historyextra.com 10 tips for surviving on the home front during the Second World War During the Second World War millions of men bid farewell to their families in order to fight for their country. But how did those left behind cope? British rationing officially began on this day in 1940, with bacon, butter and sugar...
"08.01.2017 12:00:02" historyextra.com 10 astronomers you've (probably) never heard of When it comes to astronomy – that is, far away galaxies, the speed of light and the Big Bang theory – we tend to think of names such as Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo and Sir Isaac Newton. On this day in 1642, Galileo died…
"07.01.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com 8 key Viking dates you need to know From bloody battles and brutal raids to epic seafaring adventures, we bring you 8 dates from Viking history you need to know “The British Isles were not the only destination of seafaring Norse traders, raiders and adventurers. Paris, Iceland, Italy and even the Iberian peninsula and Morocco were also visited by the Vikings…”
"07.01.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com 10 dangers of the medieval period It was one of the most exciting, turbulent and transformative eras in history, but the Middle Ages were also fraught with danger. The plague was one of the biggest killers of the Middle Ages – it had a devastating effect on the population of Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries…
"07.01.2017 12:30:01" Timeline Photos Try our digital edition FREE with an exclusive 60-day trial offer! Available on iOS, Android and Kindle, simply install our free app to get started. Offer ends 8th January 2017. Available here: http://bit.ly/2gA0KYO
"07.01.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com 8 places associated with Henry VIII's wives Arguably the best-known women in Tudor history, Henry VIII's six wives and the intimate details of their relationships with the king continue, 500 years later, to fascinate... Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife, died on this day in 1536...
"06.01.2017 16:30:01" historyextra.com History quiz – Franco, Frankenstein and the French empire How will you fare in this week's history quiz? In 1816 the weather was notoriously poor; consequences included widespread crop failures and even the creation of 'Frankenstein'. The climate had been affected by the eruption of which volcano?
"06.01.2017 14:00:01" historyextra.com 8 things you (probably) didn't know about King Cnut A fierce Danish warrior king who conquered vast swathes of northern Europe and ruled over England between 1016 and 1035, Cnut is one of the Anglo-Saxon period's most prominent figures. Here, WB “When Cnut first became king, he was faced with the problem of what to do with thousands of unemployed Viking raiders. His solution was to pay them to go away…”
"06.01.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com Bleddyn ap Cynfyn: the first Prince of Wales? In his new book, The First Prince of Wales? former BBC journalist Dr Sean Davies argues the answer lies with Bleddyn ap Cynfyn (1063‒75), who reigned over much of the country in the 11th century. Many of us will have heard of Llywelyn the Last, or of Glyndŵr, the last native Prince of Wales, but who was the first?
"06.01.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com America's devious dream: Roosevelt and the Panama Canal US politics and future foreign policy is currently under intense international scrutiny. Anthony Delano looks at how, over a century ago, President Roosevelt's big-stick diplomacy �drove a canal across Panama... Theodore Roosevelt, the American president who liked to boast “I took Panama”, died on this day in 1919…
"06.01.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com Q&A: Morse code Samuel Morse came up with the idea for an electric telegraph when he heard about electromagnetism on a voyage from France to New York in 1832... Samuel Morse first demonstrated the telegraph on this day in 1838...
"05.01.2017 18:30:01" Timeline Photos Try our digital edition FREE with an exclusive 60-day trial offer! Available on iOS, Android and Kindle, simply install our free app to get started. Offer ends 8th January 2017. Available here: http://bit.ly/2huJuWP
"05.01.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com The big questions of the Holocaust Laurence Rees joins us to explore some of the key debates in the history of the Nazi genocide of the Jews... “There's no question in my mind that had the war not ended when it did we would have had a situation in Europe where there was not one Jew. Not one.”
"05.01.2017 16:00:00" historyextra.com Anne Boleyn, Guy Fawkes and the princes: a brief history of the Tower of London Exploring the long and fascinating history reveals a cast of characters from the well-known (such as Anne Boleyn and the princes in the Tower) to the more unexpected (spies, jewel thieves and polar bears). One of the most iconic historic sites in the world, the Tower of London was not just the backdrop but the lead actor in some of the most momentous events in British history…
"05.01.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Are these the most overrated people in history? We asked a panel of expert historians to reveal who they consider to be the most overvalued personalities from the past. Some of them may well surprise you… “My father called Churchill the Greatest Englishman. Certainly he was a very British Bulldog war leader. But what else?”
"05.01.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com 6 surprising facts about Clementine Churchill Without his wife Clementine, Churchill might never have become prime minister. By his own admission, the Second World War would have been “impossible without her”... "Their rows were often epic, and her flashing-eyed temper was legendary within Downing Street..."
"05.01.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com The dangerous streets of ancient Rome Join Mary Beard on a tour of the imperial capital after sunset, when armed muggers, drunken toffs and flying chamber pots hold sway. “Rome's mean streets were where you could apparently find the Emperor Nero on his evenings off. After dark, so his biographer Suetonius tells us, he would disguise himself with a cap and wig, visit the city bars and roam around the streets, running riot
"05.01.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about the Anglo-Saxons The Anglo-Saxon age in Britain was one of the most mysterious and fascinating in history. But who were the Anglo-Saxons, and were they really as enigmatic as has been suggested? Edward the Confessor died on this day in 1066…
"04.01.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com Has history been unfair to Charles I? For all Charles I's undoubted flaws, we should recognise that the much-maligned monarch was handicapped by his father's failings and chronic bad luck, says Tim Harris. King Charles I, the 'Prince bred in Parliaments', soon fell out with parliament once king and on this day in 1642, tried to arrest five members of parliament. Has history been unfair to this much-maligned monarch?
"04.01.2017 16:11:15" Try our digital edition FREE this New Year with our exclusive 60-day trial offer! Available on iOS, Android and Kindle, simply install our free app to get started.
"04.01.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com 60-second guide to WW2 code-breaking centre Bletchley Park Bletchley Park is credited with spawning the computer age and making the D-Day landings possible... "Disconcerted by some of the eccentric code-breakers, Bletchley locals formed a theory that the secret establishment was in fact a special lunatic asylum..."
"04.01.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com What was life like for a medieval housewife? Spare a thought for the medieval housewife. How did she cook? Where did she shop? Where did her clothes come from? Tudor poet Thomas Tusser wrote: "Some respite to husbands the weather may send, but housewives' affairs have never an end."
"04.01.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com Victoria the warrior queen Queen Victoria's reign witnessed a massive expansion of the British empire. Saul David explains how such huge growth was accompanied by a constant series of wars of conquest. “During the period known as the Dual Monarchy, from Victoria's accession to the death of her husband Prince Albert in 1861, the British Empire almost quintupled in size thanks to territorial acquisitions in Asia, Africa, the South Sea and the Far East…”
"04.01.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com History explorer: The Brontës Claire Harman and Charlotte Hodgman visit Brontë country in West Yorkshire, where sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë penned some of English literature's most celebrated novels... This art Explore Brontë country in West Yorkshire, where sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë penned some of English literature's most celebrated novels...
"03.01.2017 16:30:01" historyextra.com Mein Kampf: what happened to Hitler's money after his death? It is said that Adolf Hitler became very wealthy through sales of his Mein Kampf book. What happened to his money after his death? The German publisher of a special annotated edition of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf says sales have soared since its launch a year ago – but what happened to Hitler's money after his death?
"03.01.2017 16:04:03" BBC History Magazine
"03.01.2017 15:30:34" historyextra.com January 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine out now! Featuring articles on Tudor matriarch Margaret Beaufort, Anglo-Saxon resistance to Norman rule, the life of Fidel Castro and the Glorious Revolution of 1688… You can pick up a copy of our latest issue now!
"03.01.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com The industrial revolution: an age of opportunity? Emma Griffin explains how 19th-century working-class autobiographies could revise our understanding of the industrial revolution... "On average, children in industrial areas started work aged eight and a half..."
"03.01.2017 13:45:01" Timeline Photos Try our digital edition FREE this Christmas with our exclusive 60-day trial offer! Available on iOS, Android and Kindle, simply install our free app to get started. Offer ends 8th January 2017. Available here: http://bit.ly/2gA0KYO
"03.01.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com Medieval London's worst smells By historical standards, London today is a clean city. Effluent drains through the sewers, domestic waste gets collected, everyone showers daily. But as Dan Snow explains, that certainly wasn't the case in the medieval era. “Our information is that people did regard washing as rather effete. Bathing just wasn't that regular – it's a total inversion of our modern obsession with daily washing…”
"03.01.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com 11 things you (probably) didn't know about Sherlock Holmes From his first appearance in 1887, in Beeton's Christmas Annual, to Benedict Cumberbatch's already iconic television incarnation, Sherlock Holmes and his crime-busting abilities have long Since Sherlock Holmes' creation, dozens of actors have attempted to portray the great detective – on stage, on radio, in films and on television…
"02.01.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com The strange escapades of Colonel Thomas Blood The Irish rogue tried to steal the crown jewels, and shoot Charles II while he was skinny-dipping. So why, asks Robert Hutchinson, did the king go on to offer him a job? "This eccentric rogue, with his fraudulent army ranks and a wardrobe full of disguises, had become the greatest of all 17th-century adventurers..."
"02.01.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com 12 facts about the Stuarts They immediately succeeded the Tudors, and reigned over some of the most monumentally changeable times in British history – civil war, rebellion, the beheading of a king, plague outbreaks, a disastrous fire and a successful foreign invasion. Yet the "There were three Mary Stuarts you should know about..."
"02.01.2017 13:00:01" historyextra.com From loincloths to corsets: a brief history of underwear with Horrible Histories' Greg Jenner Greg Jenner of Horrible Histories fame charts the history of underwear – from the ancient Egyptians to the Tudors and beyond... "In 2012, four medieval bras with shoulder-straps were found in an Austrian castle. This astonished historians, who had always declared the bra to be a 20th-century invention..."
"02.01.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com 7 memorable moments in the history of Buckingham Palace The London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837 and today the working headquarters of the monarchy, Buckingham Palace is one of Britain's most popular tourist attractions. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to adopt Buckingham Palace as her official residence, moving there in 1837, within a year of becoming queen…
"01.01.2017 16:30:01" historyextra.com Silence: the history behind Martin Scorsese's new film Set in 17th-century Japan, the film follows two Portuguese Jesuit missionaries (played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) sent on a grueling and dangerous mission to find their mentor (Liam Neeson), who they fear may have abandoned his faith. Silence, the latest film from director Martin Scorsese, opens in UK cinemas today. We spoke to Mark Williams, Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Leeds, about the remarkable real history behind the film…
"01.01.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com Malcolm X: Black power amid dreaming spires Stephen Tuck revisits Malcolm X's historic 1964 speech at the Oxford Union and explains why his words so electrified the audience... "A brilliant orator with a razor-sharp intellect, Malcolm X was able to cite literature, dissect international politics, or trade insults, as needed..."
"01.01.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com The New Year's resolutions they should have made… Leading historians reveal how pivotal years in the lives of eight major figures – from Anne Boleyn to Josef Stalin – could have turned out better, if only they'd have resolved to change their ways... "In January 1916 Douglas Haig should have resolved to devote more time to sorting out the BEF's training"
"01.01.2017 13:00:01" historyextra.com 9 weird medieval medicines Just as we do today, people in the medieval period worried about their health and what they might do to ward off sickness, or alleviate symptoms if they did fall ill... Need some help curing a hangover? Why not try some 'St Paul's Potion'...
"01.01.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com The history of... the calendar The Julian calendar, introduced in 45 BC by Julius Caesar, established a cycle of three years of 365 days, followed by a 366-day leap year…
"01.01.2017 11:00:01" historyextra.com What to expect from 2017: historical anniversaries, books & exhibitions Here, we round up some highlights to look out for over the coming months… From the centenary of the Russian Revolution to heaps of new books and eagerly anticipated exhibitions, 2017 looks set to be an exciting year for history...
"31.12.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com Did Anne Boleyn crave the crown? For years we've been told that Anne refused to sleep with Henry VIII until he made her his queen. Yet, says George Bernard, the argument that she demanded a crown on her head simply doesn't stack up... "It's much more likely that Anne asked that she should be the king's only mistress"
"31.12.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com The real reason Jane Austen never married While her literary heroines enjoyed romantic wedded bliss, Austen herself remained unmarried all her life. Here, expert David Lassman asks why… "There was also a mystery seaside rendezvous, where it is said Jane fell in love with a young clergyman..."
"31.12.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com Witches in the dock: 10 of Britain's most infamous witch trials What happened when someone was charged with conversing with the Devil or practising sorcery on the king? Owen Davies lifts the lid on 10 of Britain's most infamous witch trials... "This was not an episode of mass insanity: witchcraft made perfect sense within the world view of people at the time..."
"31.12.2016 13:00:01" historyextra.com Sex, scandals and betrayals: Charles II and his court It is said to have been one of the most hedonistic courts in English history – a sexual merry-go-round of flirtation, seductions and infidelities. Catherine of Braganza, wife of Charles II, died on this day in 1705…
"31.12.2016 12:00:01" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites The 1745 Jacobite Rebellion was a turning point in British history. Believing the British throne to be his birthright, Charles Edward Stuart, aka 'Bonnie Prince Charlie', planned to invade 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' was born on this day in 1720. Here are 10 things you (probably) didn't know about Charles Edward Stuart and the Jacobites…
"30.12.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com The Cold War in your living room Dominic Sandbrook shows how the tensions between east and west influenced several areas of British cultural life... "From blockbusters to Doctor Who, from the football field to chart-topping protest songs, this was a cultural conflict as much as a military or technological one..."
"30.12.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com 7 weird and wonderful Georgian beauty treatments In the 21st century, beauty is big business: thousands of column inches are devoted daily to discussing the latest beauty trends, from the simple to the absurd. “The beauty regimes of the Georgian era could put even the most bizarre modern fads to shame…"
"30.12.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com 5 big questions in global history Professor Odd Arne Westad introduces five major themes in humanity's wider story �that strongly divide academic opinion... "The story of humankind is at root the tale of clever apes spreading across the globe. The speed with which they spread is astonishing..."
"30.12.2016 12:00:01" historyextra.com Why is the American city of Cincinnati named after a hero of ancient Rome? Casting around for an alternative, St Clair thought of the Society of Cincinnati, an organisation of veterans from the American War of Independence of which he was a member. "Cincinnati was originally called Losantiville but Arthur St Clair, governor of the Northwest Territory, disliked the name..."
"30.12.2016 01:30:00" historyextra.com Michael Wood on… Alexander the Great "The Greeks' astounding tale still makes front-page news", according to Michael Wood. The debate on Alexander the Great continues – British imperialists idealised him as a unifier, yet he stands accused of war crimes…
"29.12.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com Vikings in America John Haywood tells the epic story of a small band of Scandinavian explorers who went where no European had gone before, 500 years ahead of the voyages of Columbus... The epic story of a small band of Scandinavian explorers who went where no European had gone before, 500 years ahead of the voyages of Columbus...
"29.12.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com 10 key Second World War dates you need to know From epic battles to atomic bombs, Professor Jeremy Black rounds up 10 of the most significant Second World War dates… "Following the second atom bomb, dropped on Nagasaki, it now seemed likely that the Americans could mount an inexorable process of bombing. As a result, Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally"
"29.12.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com Are we blinded by our love of history? As our obsession with the past has grown, so has the tendency for us to mythologise it - or skew it for our own political purposes - argues Daniel Snowman... "'History' in its various guises is more popular nowadays than ever. Yet we live in a culture that can be markedly lacking in historical awareness..."
"29.12.2016 13:00:01" historyextra.com 7 unusual historical sites in Britain & Ireland Winston Churchill's dentures and the 7ft 7in skeleton of an 'Irish giant' are among the thousands of bizarre anatomical, zoological and pathological artefacts found in London's Hunterian Museum. From Victorian operating theatres to museums filled with curiosities, Britain and Ireland boast a wealth of weird and wonderful historical sites…
"29.12.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com Where history happened: the cult of Thomas Becket Anne Duggan of King's College London looks at seven places with links to a man whose martyrdom has inspired Christians across Europe for 800 years... On this day in 1170, Archbishop Thomas Becket was brutally murdered in Canterbury Cathedral...
"28.12.2016 18:00:00" historyextra.com Victorian Day at Bristol's M Shed On 25 February, BBC History Magazine will be returning to Bristol's M Shed for a day of talks exploring one of Britain's most intriguing and influential periods. Speakers will delve into the fascinating stories of Victorian Britain and discover the life Saul David, Kathryn Hughes, Jerry White, Frank Trentmann and Jane Ridley will be speaking…
"28.12.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com Q&A: Music as a 'psych-weapon' Who discovered that the first four notes of Beethoven's 5th Symphony could be used as an anti-German propaganda 'psych-weapon'? "Listeners began to replicate the sound any way they could as a symbol of resistance..."
"28.12.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com What happened to the lost colony of Roanoke Island? It is one of history's greatest unsolved mysteries: what happened to the lost colony of Roanoke Island? Founded in August 1585 by Queen Elizabeth I's favourite, Sir Walter Ralegh, the first English settlement in the New World was found abandoned with "None of the 117 members of this Lost Colony were ever located. It remains the greatest unsolved mystery in the shared histories of England and America"
"28.12.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com How to be a man: tips from 1930s agony aunts Should a father change nappies? Must a husband help with the housework? How should a fellow manage his personal finances? Being a man in interwar Britain was a tricky business. “Agony aunts were keen to encourage men's involvement in home life, and depicted the domestic setting as a calming antidote to men's working lives…”
"28.12.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com 7 weird and wonderful medieval facts To modern minds, the Middle Ages might seem full of alien concepts and circumstances. Now, a new book aims to demystify this complex period in English history. “People had much more contact with live pigs than we do today – this could be dangerous, and even deadly…”
"28.12.2016 12:54:01" Timeline Photos Try our digital edition FREE this Christmas with our exclusive 60-day trial offer! Available on iOS, Android and Kindle, simply install our free app to get started. Offer ends 8th January 2017. Available here: http://bit.ly/2gA0KYO
"28.12.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com The mysteries of Mary Magdalene Michael Haag follows Mary Magdalene through the centuries, exploring how she has been reinterpreted for every age... "She is a figure shrouded in mystery; portrayed over the years as a prostitute, an adulteress, an object of veneration and even as Christ's wife..."
"27.12.2016 16:30:02" historyextra.com The Spanish Armada: England's lucky escape Robert Hutchinson, author of The Spanish Armada, reveals how poorly Tudor England was prepared for foreign invaders in 1588... "It was bad luck, bad tactics and bad weather that defeated the Spanish Armada – not the derring-do displayed on the high seas by Elizabeth's intrepid sea dogs"
"27.12.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com The rise of Homo sapiens Yuval Harari is the author of 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind', which charts the rise of Homo sapiens – and its impact on its fellow species. But, has our progress made us happy? "Based on research in fields such as economics, sociology and psychology, we are probably not much happier than our ancestors..."
"27.12.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com 10 key Roman dates you need to know By the last century BC, Romans believed that Rome had been founded in exactly 753 BC. The story was that the twins Romulus and Remus, sons of the god Mars, were left to die by being put in a basket, set adrift on the river Tiber. From Rome's creation to its eventual collapse, here are 10 key moments in the rise and fall of one of history's mightiest empires…
"27.12.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com Pig-chickens, beavers' tails and turtle soup: 8 weird foods through history The food choices people made in the past – what to eat, and how to eat it – were variously dictated by availability, practicality and desire. “The rich could choose to eat almost anything they fancied, and the range of animals and birds consumed in Georgian Britain was astounding – nothing that moved was safe from the cooking pot…”
"26.12.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about the Anglo-Saxons Who were the Anglo-Saxons, and were they really as enigmatic as has been suggested? Martin Wall brings you the facts... "Tales about the heroic deeds of warriors were the main form of entertainment, and obsessed the entire community – much like football today..."
"26.12.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com Shakespeare's 7 most notorious couples Shakespeare has created some unforgettable romantic relationships. Here we round up seven of his most compelling couples, both good and bad From star-struck love affairs to marriages built on murder, Shakespeare has created some unforgettable romantic relationships…
"26.12.2016 13:00:02" historyextra.com "Damn your blood": Swearing in early modern English John Spurr examines profanities and oaths in the 15th–18th centuries and tells us what they reveal about society at the time. Family tensions running high on Boxing Day...?
"26.12.2016 12:54:00" Timeline Photos Try our digital edition FREE this Christmas with our exclusive 60-day trial offer! Available on iOS, Android and Kindle, simply install our free app to get started. Offer ends 8th January 2017. Available here: http://bit.ly/2gA0KYO
"26.12.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com A brief history of shopping As Britain's consumers prepare to do battle in the sales, Julian Humphrys serves up a brief history of our shopping culture... As shoppers flock to the Boxing Day sales…
"26.12.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com A brief history of Boxing Day What is Boxing Day, and how was it historically celebrated? We asked Mark Connelly, professor of modern British history at the University of Kent "Boxing Day is also known as St Stephen's Day – Stephen was the first Christian martyr, stoned to death in c34 AD"
"25.12.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com 17th-century nuns on the run James Kelly shows how a surprisingly large number of Catholic women fled Protestant England to join European convents in the 17th and 18th centuries... "The nuns spent time praying for the return of England to the Catholic faith"
"25.12.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com Tudor timeline: 10 momentous dates It was one of the most transformative periods in English history, but which dates in the Tudor calendar had the greatest impact? After reigning for almost 24 years, Henry VII died of tuberculosis on 21 April 1509, and was buried next to his wife, Elizabeth, in Westminster Abbey…
"25.12.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com 7 things you (probably) didn't know about Charles Dickens and his family home Louisa Price, curator of the Charles Dickens Museum, shares seven lesser-known facts about Dickens and the family home in which he wrote many of his famed novels... "The Dickens family had many pets. One was Grip the raven, who died unexpectedly after consuming paint..."
"25.12.2016 13:00:01" historyextra.com "Welcome home, Charlie": Chaplin's post-war return to London The return of comedian Charlie Chaplin to London following the end of the First World War is explored in a new book written by Rob Baker Comedian Charlie Chaplin died on this day in 1977…
"25.12.2016 12:00:01" historyextra.com A brief history of: The Christmas Speech As many of us prepare to tune in to the Queen's Christmas message, Julian Humphrys investigates the origins of this seasonal tradition... "King George V was initially uncertain about using the relatively untested medium of radio..."
"25.12.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com Did the First World War Christmas truce football match really happen? It has become one of the most iconic moments of the First World War, and was in 2014 chosen by Sainsbury's as the subject of their huge Christmas advertising campaign. But there is still some debate about whether football featured in the 1914 "At the moment I cannot put my money on saying that a match happened"
"25.12.2016 10:00:00" Timeline Photos Merry Christmas, everyone!
"24.12.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com The con man who saved Christmas In 1913, a charismatic customs broker named John Duval Gluck, Jr founded the Santa Claus Association – a group responsible for answering Santa's mail in New York City. For 15 years the association received an abundance of gifts and donations from del "First he asked for a few dollars to cover all the two-cent stamps required to answer Santa's mail. Then he began asking for hundreds of dollars to pay for the gifts..."
"24.12.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com The changing faces of Santa Claus Arthur Purdue looks back at the evolution of our favourite seasonal character, Santa, whose waistline has waxed and waned throughout history. "Essentially he's a composite figure: a bit of St Nicholas, an element of the old English personification of Christmas and quite a lot of pagan mythology"
"24.12.2016 14:30:01" historyextra.com Christmas celebrations: the old versus the new Professor Arthur Purdue takes a look our fascination with 'Christmas past' and how the celebration has evolved since Victorian times... "Victorian festivities were centred on the home, the family and the indulgence of children..."
"24.12.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com Stonehenge: a prehistoric tourist trap Wiltshire's world-famous stones have been attracting sightseers for thousands of years. Here, Mike Pitts tells the tourists' story. Wiltshire's world-famous stones have been attracting sightseers for thousands of years…
"24.12.2016 12:54:01" Timeline Photos Try our digital edition FREE this Christmas with our exclusive 60-day trial offer! Available on iOS, Android and Kindle, simply install our free app to get started. Offer ends 8th January 2017. Available here: http://bit.ly/2gA0KYO
"24.12.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com Was King John really that bad?... Yes! Most kings were capable of behaving badly from time to time. Yet, says Marc Morris, when it came to lechery, treachery and shocking acts of cruelty, the king who sealed Magna Carta 800 years ago was i 'Bad King John' was born on this day in 1166. But was he really as bad as legend makes out?
"24.12.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com Christmas carols: the history behind 5 festive favourites For many, Christmas Eve is not complete without the atmospheric and angelic sound of carols broadcast from the candlelit chapel at King's College, Cambridge... "In its earliest form, 'Deck the Halls' was just a folk song, but one with some rather naughty words..."
"23.12.2016 17:30:00" historyextra.com History quiz – senators, cities and the Carnation Revolution How will you fare in this week's history quiz? Which country experienced the 'Carnation Revolution' in 1974?
"23.12.2016 16:30:01" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about Anne Boleyn She is the most famous of Henry VIII's six wives, but here Elizabeth Norton reveals some facts that might surprise you about Anne Boleyn, the mother of Elizabeth I... "Anne wrote to Lady Shelton to ensure that Mary no longer used her title of princess, telling her to 'slap her face as the cursed bastard that she was' if she persisted…"
"23.12.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com Guidebook to the Ancient Egyptian afterlife In ancient Egypt, the end of life marked the start of a challenging journey – one that could be smoothed using the spells compiled in a Book of the Dead... "You are surrounded by 42 gods, terrifying mummified figures including the Swallower of shades, the Bone-breaker and the Eater of entrails..."
"23.12.2016 14:30:01" historyextra.com Postwar refugees: nowhere to go for Christmas Fiona Reid relates how Quaker relief workers in the Displaced Persons camps hatched a plan for a spiritual celebration to unite refugees of all nationalities. More than a year after the Second World War had ended, millions of men, women and children across Europe spent Christmas 1946 in a Displaced Persons camp…
"23.12.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com A survivor's guide to Georgian marriage “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance…” wrote Jane Austen in her 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice. Roy and Lesley Adkins share their tips for a successful Georgian marriage – from the veil to the grave... "If a woman did not have a decent dowry (such as money, property and land), male suitors from good families were likely to be scarce..."
"23.12.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com 8 weird things that have happened during the festive season through history It's a time for gifts, last-minute shopping, and over-indulgence. But through history the festive season hasn't just been about celebration... "In December 1926, crime novelist Agatha Christie disappeared. Abandoning her car, she hid in a hotel under a false name for 11 days while police scoured the nation..."
"23.12.2016 09:43:21" Try our digital edition FREE this Christmas with our exclusive 60-day trial offer! Available on iOS, Android and Kindle, simply install our free app to get started.
"22.12.2016 17:30:01" historyextra.com 2016 Christmas history quiz Test your history knowledge with our festive quiz, devised by QI writer Justin Pollard. Our annual Christmas quiz podcast is back!
"22.12.2016 16:30:01" historyextra.com How was Christmas celebrated during the First World War? how did the festive period fare during the First World War? Hannah Scally, senior historian at illustratedfirstworldwar.com, explains how the British Christmas adapted "Army postmen were dubbed 'Santa Claus in khaki', as they laboured to deliver care packages to the front line and bring messages home in time for Christmas..."
"22.12.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com John Aubrey: chronicler of the 17th century John Aubrey chronicled one of the most turbulent periods in English history. Ruth Scurr reveals what his writings tell us about events such as the Civil War, Great Plague and Restoration... "Much of what we know about the most eminent figures of the 17th century – philosophers, scientists, doctors, astrologers, soldiers, sailors and lawyers – we owe to Aubrey..."
"22.12.2016 14:30:01" historyextra.com History explorer: Extravagance in Roman Britain Miles Russell visits Fishbourne Roman Palace, once a sumptuous building with possible royal connections Put together by an army of highly skilled architects and craftsmen, Fishbourne Roman Palace would have cost, in today's terms, around £8m to build…
"22.12.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com TV & radio: what to tune in to over the festive break Can't decide which shows to watch or listen to over the festive period? Here we round up 20 programmes you won't want to miss... From period dramas to historical documentaries, we round up some upcoming history highlights on TV and radio...
"22.12.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com History's most fascinating muses From mythical idealised beauties to women who were talented painters in their own right, history is full of captivating muses who have inspired paintings, sculpture, poetry, plays and music. “Gautreau's looks were said to be so striking that they stopped traffic and caused riots as people tried to catch a glimpse of her…”
"22.12.2016 11:20:48" independent.co.uk The legendary Camelot castle belonging to King Arthur might just have been discovered A retired professor claims he has finally discovered the location of King Arthur's legendary Camelot – on the outskirts of Huddersfield. The location of the castle has been the subject of thousands of years of rumour and speculation. Even the existence of "Expert on the mythical king claims he has 'solved 1400-year-old mystery'"
"21.12.2016 16:30:04" historyextra.com A Christmas controversy Mark Mardell explains the festive customs in the Low Countries that prompt an ethical debate – from Sinterklaas the noble Santa Claus figure, to his mischievous minstrel sidekick Zwarte Piet (Black Pete). "Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) is nearly always a blacked-up white man or woman with big, rouged lips and a tight curly wig – to many, an offensive caricature of a black man..."
"21.12.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com Who were the Celts? Historians have been puzzling over this most enigmatic of ancient peoples for centuries, but are we any closer to establishing their origins? Barry Cunliffe investigates... "'The whole race… is war-mad, high-spirited and quick to battle.' So wrote the Greek historian Strabo about the Celts at the beginning of the first century AD..."
"21.12.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com How did the Romans celebrate 'Christmas'? It is today associated with decorations, gift giving and indulgence. But how did the Romans celebrate during the festive season? "Saturnalia was a topsy-turvy holiday of feasting, drinking, singing in the street naked, clapping hands, gambling in public and making noise..."
"21.12.2016 13:00:26" historyextra.com Ada Nield Chew: England's forgotten suffragist Orlagh McCabe and Kirsty Bunting introduce Ada Nield Chew, a radical suffragist whose campaigning on behalf of working women in Britain far transcended the fight for the vote While suffragettes such as the Pankhursts and Emily Davidson dominated the headlines, away from the spotlight radical suffragist Ada Nield Chew battled on behalf of working women in Britain…
"21.12.2016 12:30:00" historyextra.com The Maya and the apocalypse Rob Attar tackles seven questions on a once-mighty people and their predictions... The ancient Maya foretold the end of the world on 21 December 2012. Or did they?
"21.12.2016 12:00:02" Timeline Photos Have you visited Gibraltar? What would you recommend to would-be travellers? (We may print comments)
"21.12.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com 10 facts about Stonehenge It is possibly the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. But how much do you know about Stonehenge? Here are 10 important facts... Hundreds of people have been gathering at Stonehenge today to mark the winter solstice...
"20.12.2016 17:30:04" historyextra.com Join BBC History Magazine for a weekend in Ypres These sites witnessed some of the bloodiest battles of the First World War; clashes that cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of soldiers. Now, BBC History Magazine readers can visit Flanders Fields and Ypres in the company of expert historians as Highlights include a visit to Essex Farm Cemetery, where Dr John McRae, author of 'In Flanders Fields', treated the wounded…
"20.12.2016 16:30:01" historyextra.com No Christmas under Cromwell? The Puritan assault on Christmas during the 1640s and 1650s Mark Stoyle investigates popular resistance to the Puritan assault on Christmas during the 1640s and 1650s... "Popular attachment to the festivities was so strong that a number of pro-Christmas riots occurred..."
"20.12.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII's most successful queen For centuries, Anne of Cleves has been cast as a hapless figure who so repelled Henry VIII that he was unable to consummate their marriage. "The true story of Henry VIII's fourth wife is entirely different to the humiliating fiction…”
"20.12.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com Festive QI facts: 8 things you didn't know about the history of Christmas How much do you know about the history of the festive season? Here we bring you eight curious facts taken from the newly released 1,342 QI Facts To Leave You Flabbergasted "Murderous frogs featured on Victorian Christmas cards, along with children being boiled in teapots and mice riding lobsters"
"20.12.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com The amazing legacy of Magna Carta Few documents have had as telling an impact on the course of world history as Magna Carta. Nicholas Vincent explores the charter's magnificently rich legacy over 800 years... "The first Magna Carta was a dead letter within only 12 weeks of its creation. As a treaty intended to establish peace it failed entirely..."
"20.12.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com Food and drink on the Somme frontline: the soldier experience In spite of the widespread death and destruction, soldiers needed to eat, and even the fear induced by frontline service only dimmed that hunger temporarily.... "The powerful impact that a bowl of decent stew had on morale was widely recognised..."
"20.12.2016 11:00:01" Timeline Photos Try our digital edition FREE this Christmas with our exclusive 60-day trial offer! Available on iOS, Android and Kindle, simply install our free app to get started. Offer ends 8th January 2017. Available here: http://bit.ly/2gA0KYO
"19.12.2016 16:30:56" historyextra.com How the French won Waterloo (or think they did) As soon as the cannons stopped firing in June 1815, French historians began rewriting history, diminishing the Anglo-Prussian victory and naming Napoleon the moral victor. Here, writing for History Extra, Clarke investigates… "Two centuries after the battle of Waterloo, the French are still in denial..."
"19.12.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about the Suffragettes These women took radical steps to force a change in the laws in Britain for women. But how much do we really know about the Suffragettes? "Suffragettes were depicted as bitter spinsters and caricatured as masculine, plain and 'unnatural'..."
"19.12.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com Christmas songs – the oldest ones are the best Christmas carols were mostly a Victorian tradition along with trees, crackers and cards. Eugene Byrne explains the why the popularity of Silent Night has never faded, why there's always a place for Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and why the British fo Although Christmas was celebrated in song in the Middle Ages, most carols in use now are less than 200 years old...
"19.12.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com Matilda: William the Conqueror's queen That England wasn't entirely consumed by violence in the years following the Norman Conquest is a tribute to the diplomatic skills of William I's wife, Matilda. Tracy Borman hails a woman who "inspired a new model of queenship". "By wielding immense power – not just on behalf of her husband, but at times in direct opposition to him – Matilda provided an inspiring new model of queenship"
"19.12.2016 12:00:01" historyextra.com The Brontës at war: how Charlotte and Branwell brought Waterloo into their drawing room One of the most celebrated literary families of the 19th century, the Brontës were part of a post-war generation... "The Brontë children created tiny books, filled with explicit content: gory battle scenes and violent, cruel men..."
"19.12.2016 09:00:39" www.bbc.co.uk Margaret MacMillan: The echoes of 1914 - BBC News Historian Margaret MacMillan finds similarities between 1914 and 2016.
"18.12.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com The taste of Christmas past: historical festive recipes What did people in the 17th and 18th centuries eat at Christmas, and could you turn your hand to the recipes? "Take a large fat neat's tongue, parboil it, and take off the hard outside..."
"18.12.2016 14:30:01" historyextra.com Medieval Christmas: how was it celebrated? It is today associated with merriment, gift giving and indulgence. But how was Christmas celebrated in the Middle Ages? Here, Dr Matthew Champion from St Catharine's College Cambridge shares his top tips for a medieval Christmas… If you were a medieval Jew, Christmas could be a time of danger...
"18.12.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com 10 great misconceptions of the Civil War It was an accidental war. It was fought by gentlemen. Cromwell was the key to victory… Our experts explore 10 myths of the seismic 17th-century conflict. Think large numbers of people were unaffected? Wrong. It has been calculated that loss of life, in proportion to the national population of the time, was greater than in the First World War…
"18.12.2016 12:00:01" historyextra.com What are the historical origins of darts? Where does the game come from and is it archery related? "Some darts enthusiasts claim the game originated with archers throwing shortened arrows at the bottom of a barrel..."
"18.12.2016 12:00:01" Timeline Photos Try our digital edition FREE this Christmas with our exclusive 60-day trial offer! Available on iOS, Android and Kindle, simply install our free app to get started. Offer ends 8th January 2017. Available here: http://bit.ly/2gA0KYO
"18.12.2016 10:00:00" historyextra.com Bettany Hughes on Istanbul at Bristol's M Shed Join historian, broadcaster and author Bettany Hughes for an evening in-conversation session about the history of Istanbul, one of the world's most important cities. The event will be followed by a book signing...
"17.12.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com The Victorian trade in dead bodies If you died young in a 19th-century slum, there was a good chance that your body would be sold for medical research. The trade in corpses was shadowy, but where would modern medicine be without it? "The trade in dead bodies in Victorian Britain was large and highly lucrative..."
"17.12.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com The ultimate guide to the American Civil War A BBC History Magazine special edition brings together a group of leading American and British historians to tell the story of the conflict in a fresh, compelling manner... A bitter and bloody battle that divided North and South, the American Civil War continues to loom large in history...
"17.12.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com Princely pleasures at Kenilworth: Robert Dudley's three-week marriage proposal to Elizabeth I Described as Elizabeth I's great love, Robert Dudley came closer than any other suitor to making the queen his wife... "By spring 1559, scandalous rumours were circulating that Elizabeth was in the habit of visiting Dudley 'in his chamber day and night'..."
"17.12.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com How did the Normans learn to build castles? The Normans, as is widely appreciated, were originally Norsemen: Vikings who settled in the area around the Seine estuary in the late ninth and early 10th centuries. The traditional date for the founding of Normandy is AD 911, when the authority of t "A great surge of castle-building took place during the troubled years of William the Conqueror's boyhood in the 1030s and 1040s"
"17.12.2016 11:04:31" www.bbc.co.uk Anne Frank may have been discovered by chance, new study says - BBC News A new study says Anne Frank and her family may have been discovered during a raid over ration fraud.
"16.12.2016 17:00:01" historyextra.com History quiz – time machines, murderers and photographers How will you fare in this week's quiz? What did surgeon Robert Kenneth Wilson claim to have photographed in 1934?
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"16.12.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com The battle of the Bulge: Hitler's final gamble Nestling deep in the Ardennes, overlooked by hills and woods, Hotton is an unremarkable Belgian town, sitting astride the river Ourthe. This sleepy crossroads community, with its church, stone farmhouses and wooden barns, still bears a close resembla On this day in 1944, the Nazis launched a huge counterattack codenamed Autumn Mist. It's now known as the battle of the Bulge…
"16.12.2016 12:02:00" historyextra.com 8 things you (probably) didn't know about Jane Austen Jane Austen, a parson's daughter who grew up in quiet rural Hampshire in the 18th century, became a famous and much-loved English novelist... Jane Austen was born on this day in 1775...
"15.12.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com Corner shops and Russian ballet Babita Sharma talks about her new BBC Four documentary 'Booze, Beans and Bhajis: The Story of the Corner Shop', while Simon Morrison explores the colourful history of the Bolshoi Ballet... "There was never any inherent link between south Asians coming to this country and getting corner shops. It was all about circumstance and opportunity..."
"15.12.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com Where history happened: British astronomy Dr Allan Chapman looks at nine places linked to the 'grand amateurs' who exemplify Britain's fascination with the night skies... "British science has always been talent-led, indeed, an open meritocracy..."
"15.12.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com A day in the life of Jane Austen Rebecca Smith explores Jane's time at the cottage in Chawton (now Jane Austen's House Museum), where she did the most important work of her life… "Jane wrote in small homemade booklets which could easily be hidden if somebody disturbed her. She liked to give the impression that she was writing letters..."
"15.12.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com 9 eccentric monarchs through history Historian Sean Lang rounds up nine of history's most outlandish rulers… Nero was born on this day in AD 37. The Roman emperor is often written off as mad, but this is "a gross misreading of this intelligent but decidedly eccentric man"…
"14.12.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com What's in a name? Changing trends from the Anglo-Saxons to today From biblical names to those inspired by flowers and places, personal names have changed massively over the centuries, reflecting social, economic and cultural shifts in Britain. Now, in his new book, writer Neil Burdess charts the history and import "In the Middle Ages, women often had what we now regard as men's names – such as Richard, Philip and Nicholas…"
"14.12.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com Convicts and colonisers: the early history of Australia Booker Prize-winning author Thomas Keneally speaks to Rob Attar about the early history of his home country, Australia... "One of the reasons early Australia survived was that there were so many social protestors among the convicts. People like Luddites, Swing rioters, Irish Ribbonmen and Jacobite martyrs…"
"14.12.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com Did Anne Boleyn crave the crown? For years we've been told that Anne refused to sleep with Henry VIII until he made her queen. Yet, says George Bernard, the argument that she demanded a crown simply doesn't stack up... “In a love letter to Anne, Henry lamented her absence, 'wishing myself specially in my sweetheart's arms whose pretty dukkys [breasts] I trust shortly to kiss'…”
"14.12.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com Prince Albert: The death that rocked the monarchy The demise of Queen Victoria's beloved husband, Prince Albert, dealt Britain's royal family a hammer blow from which it almost never recovered. Helen Rappaport explains why... Prince Albert died on this day in 1861, at the age of 42...
"13.12.2016 16:30:01" historyextra.com The ultimate guide to the Georgians A new special edition explores the Georgian period – from the rumbustious ballrooms of bewigged elite society to the hardships endured by sailors in Nelson's navy… It was a dynamic era characterised by dysfunctional monarchs, immense social change and British expansion throughout the world...
"13.12.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com Coffee, plague and the Great Fire: the pleasures and perils of Restoration London What was life like for a 17th-century Londoner? Nick Rennison investigates... "According to legend, highwayman Claude Duval invited the wife of one of his victims to dance a coranto with him on the roadside, then charged her husband £100 for the entertainment…"
"13.12.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com An A to Z of the Plantagenets Derek Wilson presents the key moments and personalities of a royal dynasty that was crucial in developing England's national identity... The Plantagenet dynasty ruled England from 1154 to 1485, longer than any other royal family...
"13.12.2016 13:00:03" historyextra.com Are present-day Egyptians the descendants of the ancient Egyptians who built the pyramids? Egypt has always experienced immigration, going back to the earliest times when it was the centre of an empire that stretched from northern Syria to the northern part of modern-day Sudan. There has been a long-standing debate over the ethnicity of the ancient Egyptians...
"13.12.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com Life of the Week: Sir Francis Drake Here, we look at the seaman's life… Drake is thought to have set sail on circumnavigation on this day in 1577…
"12.12.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com To kidnap a king: the foiled plot to abduct Edward VI "He found the king's dog stone dead and immediately cried out 'Help! Murder!'. But whoever had killed the dog had fled in the commotion..."
"12.12.2016 15:30:12" historyextra.com Why did the west dominate history for so long? For centuries 'the west' exercised global dominance without parallel in history – but what allowed a small cluster of nations to control swathes of the world for so long? "The truth is that, in terms of world history, western dominance has been relatively short – and now looks to be coming to an end..."
"12.12.2016 14:30:40" historyextra.com A brief history of the English rose From Cleopatra's rose-petal-adorned boudoir to the famous Tudor Rose, this symbolic flower has for countless centuries dominated poetry, art, literature and religion. Here, Nicola Harrison, author and Oxford University lecturer in singing and interpr "In marrying Elizabeth of York in 1486, Henry VII combined two dynasties and two roses, giving birth to the famous Tudor Rose, which was both white and red"
"12.12.2016 12:35:00" historyextra.com How could the son of Henry VIII become Edward VI? A king is still a king if he has not been crowned. Edward V is one of only four English monarchs since the Norman conquest not to have been crowned (the others being 'Empress' Matilda, Lady Jane Grey and Edward VIII). Although the date – and circumst Shouldn't he become the real Edward V?
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"11.12.2016 16:30:03" historyextra.com After VE Day: The war without an end In the summer of 1945, a train carrying refugees pulled out of a station in what's now Slovakia, heading for Germany. Its passengers were German speakers being expelled from the country – in the wake of the Second World War, Czechoslovakians no longe On 8 May 1945, Allied nations celebrated VE Day with elation – but in much of Europe conflict was far from over...
"11.12.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com The woman who gave birth for Hitler In 1936, Nazi supporter and school graduate Hildegard Trutz was recruited as one of Germany's racially 'pure' women, chosen to sleep with SS officers in the hope of producing an Aryan child It is estimated that some 20,000 babies were bred during the 12 years of the Third Reich, principally in Germany and Norway...
"11.12.2016 14:30:01" historyextra.com 7 must-see Second World War films Rife with drama, tragedy and danger, the Second World War has inspired – and continues to inspire – countless filmmakers across the world... What's your favourite Second World War film?
"11.12.2016 13:00:01" historyextra.com The vilification of Wallis Simpson In the summer of 1936 Lady Diana Cooper remarked that “Wallis is wearing very very badly. Her commonness and Becky Sharpishness irritate”. As far as the English upper classes were concerned, Wallis Simpson was a cunning social climber, like Becky Sha Edward VIII abdicated on this day in 1936. The woman for whom he gave up the throne was savaged by society...
"11.12.2016 12:00:01" historyextra.com 9 things you (probably) didn't know about Winston Churchill You might be surprised to learn that Churchill had a patchy academic record, almost married a woman other than Clementine, and was an early adopter of the 'onesie'... "Churchill had a formidable appetite from a young age. He once received a thrashing at school for stealing sugar from a pantry..."
"10.12.2016 17:30:00" historyextra.com How has Disney shaped our perception of the past? From Pocahontas to Pearl Harbour, over the course of its near-100 year history Disney has repackaged, or 'Disneyfied', a number of real historical people and events. Here, historian Dr John Wills explores how the corporation has turned history into p "It is possible that Walt Disney has taught people more history, in a more memorable way, than they ever learned in school"
"10.12.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com Forgotten voices of the Holocaust Holocaust Memorial Day is a keystone of the national calendar. And who would argue that it shouldn't be? What could be more important than to commemorate every year the unique atrocity of the Holocaust? Indeed, my impression is that most people think The first Holocaust Memorial Day was held in Britain in 2001 – why did it take decades for such a day to be established?
"10.12.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com Why did the Nazis fight to the death? Hundreds of thousands of Germans were killed fighting for the Nazi regime long after defeat had become inevitable. Sir Ian Kershaw explains why so many were willing to follow Hitler to the end... "Whether a town surrendered without a fight or was nearly obliterated in a pointless last-minute show of defiance rested on the behaviour of those with power in the locality..."
"10.12.2016 14:30:38" historyextra.com 1939: When Poland was torn to pieces In September 1939, after Nazi Germany stormed into Poland from the west, the Soviet Union attacked from the east. Both dictatorships installed murderous regimes that, as Roger Moorhouse reveals, were hideously similar... "We forget, perhaps, that only days after Hitler launched his invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939, Stalin did the same from the east..."
"10.12.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com Alan Turing: The man, the enigma The founding father of computing played a vital role in breaking German codes during the Second World War. Joel Greenberg deciphers the brilliant but troubled life of Alan Turing... "The coroner's verdict found that he had taken his own life; there were reports that a partly eaten apple by his bed contained traces of cyanide"
"10.12.2016 12:00:01" historyextra.com Five myths of the WW2 Great Escape Guy Walters, author of a book on the famous breakout from Stulag Luft III, dispels some popular misconceptions about the events that took place in March 1944... "McQueen's motorbike chase is so gross a misrepresentation of the true escape that former PoWs booed it when they were shown the movie..."
"09.12.2016 17:30:00" historyextra.com History quiz – Vikings, mobile phones and the Varangian Guard How will you fare in this week's history quiz? Jim Kardach is known for developing a system that allows mobile phones to wirelessly communicate with computers. Which historical figure did he name it after?
"09.12.2016 16:30:01" historyextra.com The great misconceptions of World War Two Some of the leading historians of the Second World War debunk nine widely held assumptions about the global conflagration... "Eisenhower prepared a statement in advance, which he kept in his wallet, accepting full responsibility for the failure of D-Day..."
"09.12.2016 15:30:04" historyextra.com D-Day: the successes and failures in focus Antony Beevor talks to Rob Attar about the successes and failures of one of the greatest ever military operations. "There wasn't much forethought about the second phase, and this is where things started to go wrong..."
"09.12.2016 14:30:35" historyextra.com Persuading the people: British propaganda in the Second World War Tasked with maintaining morale in Britain and influencing opinion abroad during the Second World War, the Ministry of Information (MOI) is known to have disseminated a vast number of propaganda films and radio broadcasts. However, what is less well k "'Ahmad & Johnny', a children's storybook written in Arabic, was intended to show how enlightened and righteous Britain was and how the country had bravely fought against fascism..."
"09.12.2016 13:00:01" historyextra.com 1939: Was Britain ready for war? Daniel Todman assesses the mood of the nation in 1939 as it frantically prepared itself for war with "the implacable foe"... "In Greater London alone, some 400,000 cats and dogs were killed in the first four days of the war. The slaughter was in preparation for catastrophe..."
"09.12.2016 12:00:01" historyextra.com Q&A: Why was Josef Jakobs the only WW2 spy to be shot rather than hanged? Josef Jakobs was a German spy who parachuted into a Huntingdonshire field early in 1941... "Found guilty of treason under the Treachery Act, Jakobs was sentenced to death by firing squad and executed in the Tower of London…"
"09.12.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com Events | History Extra On 25 February, BBC History Magazine will be returning to Bristol's M Shed for a day of talks exploring one of Britain's most intriguing and influential periods. Speakers will delve into the fascinating stories of Victorian Britain and discover the life In need of Christmas present inspiration? How about tickets to our Victorian Day, Second World War Day or Istanbul session with Bettany Hughes?
"08.12.2016 16:30:01" historyextra.com Historians in parliament Historian-politicians Tristram Hunt, Chris Skidmore, Kwasi Kwarteng and Peter Hennessy explain how their two professions relate to each other... "I think that being in politics is likely to make you a better historian, but not necessarily the other way round..."
"08.12.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com Uncovering China's Terracotta Army China's famous terracotta warriors are to be exhibited in Liverpool in 2018. When the warriors were last displayed in Britain, Dan Snow wrote for BBC History Magazine revealing the story of their creation... "Finding the terracotta warriors forced historians to accept that the almost mythical stories about the emperor and the opulence of his tomb may have a good deal of truth to them..."
"08.12.2016 14:30:03" historyextra.com Beyond the Hitler diaries A classical scholar; a wartime intelligence officer; a regius professor of modern history at Oxford; Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge; author of a string of history books and a successful newspaper journalist, Hugh Trevor-Roper's achievements were rec Hugh Trevor-Roper's mistaken authentication of the 'Hitler diaries' in 1983 "should not be allowed to obscure the achievements of a lifetime"
"08.12.2016 13:00:01" historyextra.com Auschwitz: the men behind the mass murder Laurence Rees - who has interviewed German, Russian and Japanese war criminals - explains why many of the former Nazi soldiers he met had a different mentality from the others... "Höss lived with his wife and children in a house just yards from the Auschwitz crematorium. He presided over more than a million murders, but at home he lived the life of a solid middle-class father and husband..."
"08.12.2016 12:30:00" BBC Radio 5 live is aiming to feature at least 100 women on air today, after discussing how women are still under-represented across the media. We ourselves notice our letters bag tends to be male-heavy and we'd love to hear from more of our female
"08.12.2016 12:00:01" historyextra.com The 11 most significant battles of the Second World War They took place across the globe; some lasting days, others months or even years. But which of the Second World War battles are the most significant? "Had Hitler knocked Britain or the USSR out he would have made the Third Reich a real 'world power', and German-dominated Europe would have been unassailable..."
"08.12.2016 11:30:00" historyextra.com WW2 espionage: The spies who surprised me Sir Max Hastings introduces some of the remarkable agents who captured his imagination, and reveals the momentous impact of their operations... "Battles could be fought by men of limited gifts, but intelligence services needed brilliance – and Britain was the place where they got more of it than anywhere else"
"08.12.2016 10:45:57" theguardian.com Six Wives With Lucy Worsley: why TV history shows are for the chop The historian tries to bring Henry VIII's marriages back to life, but the strange dramatic flashback conceit smacks of desperation "TV history programmes are – wait for it, wait for it – history". What do you think? (We may print comments)
"07.12.2016 17:30:01" historyextra.com The lost heirs of Henry VIII: Katherine of Aragon's failed pregnancies The first of Henry VIII's six wives, Katherine of Aragon was married to the infamous Tudor monarch for almost 24 years. But while she bore him a daughter, the future Mary I, their relationship was plagued by multiple miscarriages and stillbirths and, Alison Weir investigates...
"07.12.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com The legacy of the Dambusters More than 70 years on from the famed raid on the German dams, Richard Morris examines why the mission continues to pervade the national consciousness... "The Dambusters raid occupies a place in national sentiment on a par with Agincourt or the Armada. But why?"
"07.12.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com Pearl Harbor: Three films On the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mark Glancy looks at three films covering the Japanese raid on the US naval base... "The 2001 film treats the attack as entertaining spectacle, and has all the feeling and humanity of a computer game..."
"07.12.2016 14:30:01" historyextra.com Why December 1941 was the most important month of the Second World War There is a strong case to be made, says historian Laurence Rees, that December 1941 was the most decisive month of the entire Second World War. Not just because this was the month that the Japanese bo "What happened at Pearl Harbor and immediately afterwards brought a murderous clarity to Hitler's thinking…"
"07.12.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com Britain's Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941 also saw the Imperial Army launch an assault on the British colony of Malaya – with devastating results for Britain's presence in south-east Asia. The United States wasn't the only nation to come under Japanese attack on 7 December 1941...
"07.12.2016 12:00:40" historyextra.com Q&A: Were conscientious objectors in the Second World War given white feathers? In the First World War some young men not in uniform were given white feathers as a token of cowardice. Did this also happen in the Second World War? "During the course of the Second World War more than 60,000 men applied for exemption from service on moral grounds..."
"07.12.2016 11:00:01" historyextra.com 12 things you (probably) didn't know about Pearl Harbor The deadly surprise attack on the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, launched without a declaration of war, made 7 December 1941 “a date which will live in infamy,” declared President Franklin D Roosevelt. Early that Sunday morning, hundreds of Japane On the 75th anniversary of the deadly surprise attack…
"06.12.2016 16:30:01" historyextra.com 7 things you need to know about Anne Frank and her diary The diary of Anne Frank is one of the most famous – and bestselling – books of all time. Yet the girl who wrote it remains an enigma: the real Anne Frank has been hidden, lost, behind the phenomenon of her posthumously published diary "Margot was the more studious sister; Anne, while intelligent, was distracted by talking to her friends during school..."
"06.12.2016 15:30:02" historyextra.com Britain's fight for survival: Fortress Britain 1940 Leo McKinstry takes up the story... "Forget the 'Dad's Army' myth. Britain was well prepared to meet a Nazi invasion..."
"06.12.2016 14:30:02" historyextra.com Should America have dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? America's use of atomic bombs to attack the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 has long remained one of the most controversial decisions of the Second World War. Here, a group of historians offer their views on whether US presid "The atomic bombs were horrible but I agree with US secretary of war Henry L Stimson that using them was the 'least abhorrent choice'"....
"06.12.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com How the Wild West was spun The truth of frontier life was very different from the gilded myth of the Hollywood Wild West – and it rarely had a happy ending... As the first series of Westworld comes to an end...
"06.12.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com Q&A: Which of Bletchley Park's decodings was most significant? Most readers will associate Bletchley with cracking the German 'Enigma' codes. But there were many different codes that cryptographers had to break... "D-Day would scarcely have taken place, never mind succeeded, without the crucial intelligence provided by Bletchley Park..."
"06.12.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com Pain through the prism of war From tales of stoic acceptance to frenzies of screaming, the way soldiers have reported their suffering has been transformed over the past 150 years, says Joanna Bourke... "After the Second World War, romantic, nationalistic and stoical statements fell out of favour..."
"05.12.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com 9 unsolved historical mysteries Who was Jack the Ripper, what happened to the Mary Celeste, and did Richard III really murder the princes in the Tower? These are some of the biggest mysteries of all time... "The crewless British-American ship the Mary Celeste was found drifting 400 miles east of the Azores on this day in 1872..."
"05.12.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com Terrible choices people had to make during WW2 Laurence Rees, who interviewed people who faced terrible wartime choices, asks what we can learn from these individuals' darkest hours... "Estera Frenkiel, a secretary in a Lodz ghetto, was given 10 certificates excusing Jews from the death camps. She faced a devastating choice – who should live and who should die..."
"05.12.2016 14:30:01" historyextra.com The Third Reich's nuclear programme In the spring of 1940, as Britain reeled from defeats on all fronts and America seemed frozen in isolation, one fear, says writer Damien Lewis, united the British and American leaders like no other: that Hitler's Germany might win the race to build t Churchill launched a top-secret mission to prepare Britain for a Nazi 'dirty bomb' being exploded over London: Operation Peppermint…
"05.12.2016 13:00:41" historyextra.com Why did the Second World War happen? Could more intelligent diplomacy on Britain's part have saved Europe from a devastating war? Laurence Rees examines the evidence. "We can now say without equivocation that this was Hitler's war"
"05.12.2016 12:00:02" historyextra.com When Hitler's perfect woman came to call A visit by the leader of the women's wing of the Nazi party to London in 1939 was greeted with suspicion, speculation – and comments on the size of her feet. Julie Gottlieb and Matthew Stibbe report... "The fact is, in the late 1930s, prominent women in British public life forged links with the Nazi party…"
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"05.12.2016 11:02:00" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about the Second World War James Holland reveals 10 things you (probably) didn't know about the war... To kick off our Second World War Week...
"04.12.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com History Explorer: The swinging sixties Alwyn Turner and Jamie Bowman visit the Cavern Club in Liverpool, beating heart of the music scene that redefined British popular culture... "Between 1961 and 1963 the Beatles played at the Cavern Club 272 times, sowing the seeds of the movement we now know as the 'swinging sixties'..."
"04.12.2016 15:30:05" historyextra.com Was Britain the only country to use children to sweep chimneys? Some German visitors were surprised to learn that we used to use children to sweep chimneys. Surely Britain was not the only nation to do so? "Most English sweeps' boys were technically apprentices, sold or donated by workhouses, or even their own parents"
"04.12.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com Cannibalism at sea: Sailors ate the cabin boy When, in 1884, the starving crew of the ill-fated yacht Mignonette sacrificed a man in order to survive, the horrific killing became immortalised in legal history... "As men reared on the sea, they were under no illusions as to the dangers of an ocean voyage. Yet none of the crew can have anticipated the horror that lay ahead..."
"04.12.2016 12:00:01" historyextra.com Elizabeth's faithful tutor Simon Adams and David Scott Gehring explain how the Virgin Queen's little-known teacher may have influenced the religious policies of her reign... "Elizabeth I enjoys the reputation of being one of the best-educated British queens..."
"03.12.2016 16:30:03" historyextra.com 6 Magna Carta myths explained Dr Ariel Hessayon explores six common myths associated with Magna Carta, and reveals how our shared perception of it owes more to events in the 17th and 18th centuries than the 13th… "The transformation of Magna Carta from an important document into an iconic one was mainly the achievement of one man: the jurist Sir Edward Coke (1552–1634)"
"03.12.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com Tudors at sea: 8 ways to survive a voyage The period is one of the most popular in history, but while we know much about the way the Tudors lived on land, relatively little is known about their maritime exploits. The 1553 search for the fabled North East passage was undertaken in an attempt to find a new, shorter route to China and its riches…
"03.12.2016 14:30:02" historyextra.com The female 'kings' of ancient Egypt Cleopatra the Great has become virtually synonymous with the term 'female pharaoh'. Yet, as Joann Fletcher reveals, Mark Antony's famous wife was merely the culmination of three millennia of women rulers. "Hatshepsut adopted kingly regalia and false beard"
"03.12.2016 13:00:01" historyextra.com Cold War summits: David Reynolds and Kristina Spohr explain What typically happened at a summit and to what extent did summitry bring about the end of the Cold War? David Reynolds and Kristina Spohr explain… On this day in 1989, the leaders of the USA and the USSR declared an end to the Cold War, after two days of talks at the Malta summit…
"03.12.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com The mysterious disappearance of Agatha Christie The Guinness Book of World Records lists her as the best-selling novelist of all time, and according to her estate she is outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. But what Agatha Christie is perhaps best remembered for is her mysterious disappearan On 3 December 1926, detective novelist Agatha Christie mysteriously disappeared for 11 days…
"03.12.2016 11:00:01" historyextra.com Second World War Day at Bristol's M Shed On the 26 February, BBC History Magazine will be returning to Bristol's M Shed for a day of talks re-examining the momentous global conflict of 1939-45. There will be five talks from some of the biggest names in popular history: Lloyd Clark, Laurence Rees, Yasmin Khan, Daniel Todman and Nicholas Stargardt...
"02.12.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com History quiz – Ranavalona, rookeries and Buddhist monks How will you fare in this week's history quiz? What, to Victorian Britons, was a rookery (apart from a colony of black birds)?
"02.12.2016 15:30:03" historyextra.com The Six Ages of China Michael Wood explores the country's six great eras to reveal what has made its civilisation so utterly distinctive, and so fascinating, for so long... "Ask Chinese people their favourite period and most will say the Tang: an age when China went out to the world along the Silk Roads"
"02.12.2016 14:30:03" historyextra.com Secrets of Churchill's War Rooms Hidden beneath the streets of London's Westminster is the underground bunker from which Winston Churchill and his inner circle plotted the route to Allied victory during the Second World War. Now, in his new book, writer Jonathan Asbury reveals the b "When the lavatory-style lock on the door was switched from 'vacant' to 'engaged', it didn't mean that Churchill was answering a call of nature; he was instead making use of a secure radio-telephone link to talk directly to the US president"
"02.12.2016 13:00:01" historyextra.com Castrated Georgian opera stars Audiences feted them, patrons showered money on them and women threw themselves at their feet. Castrated opera singers became the rock gods of the 18th century... "Castrati were singers castrated before puberty to preserve their youthful voices. At the height of this fashion, an estimated 4,000 Italian boys were castrated every year in the name of music..."
"02.12.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com Why Napoleon merits the title 'the Great' Instead of making specious comparisons with Hitler, we ought to celebrate the Corsican's astonishing achievements as a general and a ruler, according to Andrew Roberts... Napoleon, who was crowned emperor on this day in 1804, was "a talented, humorous and forgiving man who had nothing personally in common with Hitler"
"02.12.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com What religion was practised in Lithuania before its conversion to Christianity in the 14th century? Before 1387, when the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was finally baptised into Roman Catholicism as a condition of the dynastic union with Poland, its people were pagans. Lithuania was the last place in Europe to adopt Christianity...
"01.12.2016 16:30:01" historyextra.com The attack on Pearl Harbor and physics through the ages Nicholas Best reflects on the events and aftermath of the 1941 Japanese raid, while Carlo Rovelli discusses his new book 'Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity'. "A few geniuses have certainly had an immense influence on the history of science..."
"01.12.2016 15:31:49" historyextra.com The wandering pilgrims The group of English colonists who settled in North America and later became known as the Pilgrim Fathers originated as a group of Puritans from Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire who by 1605 had come to believe that their Christian faith was incompati From where did the Pilgrim Fathers set sail – Plymouth or Boston, Lincolnshire?
"01.12.2016 14:30:02" historyextra.com Was James I murdered? As the Stuart king lay dying, rumours swirled that he had been poisoned – and that the perpetrator was his best friend... "Something untoward had happened in James's sickroom. Someone had violated the strict protocols regulating who was to treat the king, and when..."
"01.12.2016 13:19:34" BBC History Magazine Our Christmas 2016 issue is out now!
"01.12.2016 13:19:34" BBC History Magazine Our Christmas 2016 issue is out now!
"01.12.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com My history hero: Rosa Parks Author Ken Follett chooses civil rights activist Rosa Parks (1913-2005) as his history hero... On this day in 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, after refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white person…
"01.12.2016 12:00:02" historyextra.com Life of the Week: Nancy Astor After being appointed as a member of parliament for Plymouth Sutton, Nancy Astor entered the House of Commons on 1 December 1919, becoming the first female MP in British history to take a seat in parliament On this day in 1919, Nancy Astor became the first female MP in British history to take a seat in parliament
"01.12.2016 11:01:09" historyextra.com 12 fascinating historical events that happened in December From the discovery of a 'ghost ship' to an ancient earthquake, Dominic Sandbrook highlights 12 key December anniversaries... "Everywhere was the sound of crashing and screaming, and in the chaos 'the ordered structure of society was thrown into wild confusion and trampled underfoot'..."
"30.11.2016 18:30:06" Timeline Photos In last week's episode of 'Who Do You Think You Are?', Danny Dyer discovered he was related to Thomas Cromwell and William the Conqueror...
Which historical figure would you like to be a descendant of and why? (We may print comments)
"30.11.2016 17:30:53" historyextra.com 8 Viking myths busted Bearded, violent beyond reason and singularly successful at suppressing everyone around them. This, says Janina Ramirez, is the popular – yet questionable – image of Vikings. But how violent were they really, and did they actually wear horned helmets Janina Ramirez investigates…
"30.11.2016 16:30:01" historyextra.com How to be a successful monarch Dan Jones looks back over the past 1,500 years to reveal the secrets to a happy and glorious period on the throne... "Reality is overrated. In royal circles, it's perception that matters, so spin, spin, spin..."
"30.11.2016 15:30:40" historyextra.com BBC World Histories magazine out now! BBC World Histories, a brand new title from the makers of BBC History Magazine, brings you a fresh take on our global past – and how it shapes our lives today... The first issue of our brand new title examines the rise of Donald Trump; the murky history of the Koh-i-Noor, the world's most famous diamond; and the 1986 Chernobyl disaster…
"30.11.2016 14:30:03" historyextra.com The forgotten ambassadors to the Tudor court The Tudor period is one of the most vibrant, captivating and controversial periods of English history, and the intrigues and machinations of Henry VIII and his wives remain vivid to us centuries later. For this we are indebted in large part to the re Henry VIII's only flaw was that he allowed himself to be totally controlled by his mistress, Anne Boleyn, wrote Mario Savorgnano, a Venetian aristocrat who came to the Tudor court in 1531...
"30.11.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com Churchill's greatest speeches Winston Churchill delivered some of the most impassioned, articulate and inspirational speeches you're ever likely to hear, including the famous 'we shall never surrender' speech... Winston Churchill was born on this day in 1874...
"30.11.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com The birth of football: your 60-second guide Julian Humphrys looks at the events that made the game what it is today. The first-ever official international football match, between Scotland and England, took place at Hamilton Crescent on this day in 1872
"30.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com How and why did the Crystal Palace burn down in 1936? The palace – which was erected at Hyde Park in 1851 before being moved to Sydenham Hill, south London – had been patched up extensively down the years with wood. It also contained a lot of wooden furniture, a lot of assorted junk, and wooden flooring Fire struck the Crystal Palace on this day in 1936...
"29.11.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com Canossa: a medieval clash between church and state Tom Holland follows the road to the Appenine fortress of Canossa, where the mighty medieval clash between church and state helped form the world we live in today... "Braving the winter gales, the desperate king was resolved to cross the Alps, meet with the Pope and beg forgiveness..."
"29.11.2016 14:30:01" historyextra.com A–Z of the First World War How much do you really know about the First World War? In a new bite-sized A-Z guide, the Imperial War Museum reveals a number of surprising facts, alongside need-to-know details of the key battles, personalities and wartime tactics. Here, we bring y "B is for… Blighty. Methods included shooting oneself in the foot or poking a hand above the trenches to draw sniper fire"
"29.11.2016 13:00:01" historyextra.com Why were suicides supposed to be buried at crossroads? Suicide used to be regarded as shocking and blasphemous, and a coroner's verdict of 'felo de se' – literally crime against oneself – usually resulted in the body being buried at a crossroads, with a stake through the heart, and with no religious cere Historians and archaeologists have long speculated on the reasons for crossroads burials...
"29.11.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com Cuneiform: 6 things you (probably) didn't know about the world's oldest writing system Distinguished by its wedge-shaped marks on clay tablets, cuneiform script is the oldest form of writing in the world, even predating Egyptian hieroglyphics... "Those who read cuneiform for a living – and there are a few – like to think of it as the world's most difficult writing system..."
"29.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com Fidel Castro: in pictures Born in 1926, Castro is remembered for leading the Cuban revolution. He went on to rule the country for almost 50 years... Following the recent death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, we look back at his life in pictures…
"28.11.2016 16:36:09" historyextra.com The power of the Georgian underclass The cunning, courage and sheer resourcefulness of some of 18th‑century London's poorest residents forced the authorities to overhaul the justice and welfare systems... "The pace of reform was forced by violent gangs, insistent paupers, aggressive beggars and prison escapees..."
"28.11.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com What is the significance of kissing gates as entrances to graveyards? The kissing gate is often the subject of chatter about the origins of its amorous-sounding name "Certainly a kissing gate is easier to negotiate than a stile for churchgoers in their Sunday best..."
"28.11.2016 14:31:00" historyextra.com How bloody was medieval life? From drunken brawls to mass killings, violence cast a long shadow over the Middle Ages. Yet, says Hannah Skoda, our medieval ancestors were as appalled by wanton acts of brutality as we are... "Violence was recognised as a means of communicating messages. Hacking off a woman's nose, for example, was seen as a signifier of adultery..."
"28.11.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com The Shakespeare family saga The story of the Shakespeares was one of social advancement. But along the way were some family upsets: pregnant brides, lawsuits and excommunication... William Shakespeare is thought to have married Anne Hathaway on this day in 1582...
"28.11.2016 12:00:04" historyextra.com Bay of Pigs invasion: Kennedy's Cuban catastrophe In 1961, US-backed exiles made a disastrous attempt to overthrow Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Mark White examines President Kennedy's role in the Bay of Pigs invasion and asks, was his mishandling of the operation as excusable as his supporters would h Following the death of Fidel Castro…
"28.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com Margaret Tudor: The forgotten Tudor She briefly presided over a golden period in Scottish history and was a constant thorn in the side of her brother, Henry VIII. So why does Margaret Tudor remain so obscure? Linda Porter tells her story via her letters. Margaret Tudor was born on this day in 1489
"27.11.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com In their own words: 6 of history's most fascinating letters Here we look at some of the most intriguing letters ever written… From a scribbled warning about the Gunpowder Plot to a typed letter condemning the lack of lifeboats on the Titanic, a new book highlights some of history's most significant letters...
"27.11.2016 14:30:01" historyextra.com The bloody world of Georgian female boxing Women in 18th-century Britain are often assumed to have been forced into a passive and feminine role, expected to demonstrate at all times prudence and propriety. But while many did indeed find themselves at the mercy of their husbands, others steppe "The two females (we cannot call them women) stood up like men and punched each other with their fists till the blood ran in streams down their faces and breasts"
"27.11.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com Life of the Week: President Franklin D Roosevelt Here we explore the life of the US president (1882-1945)... Roosevelt is the only US president to have been elected four times...
"27.11.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com 8 things you (probably) didn't know about Tobruk The Siege of Tobruk was one of the greatest Allied victories, followed by one of the worst Allied defeats, of the Second World War. Here, on the 75th anniversary of the end of the siege, David Mitchelhill-Green explains its significance and shares ei Today marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the siege
"27.11.2016 11:00:01" historyextra.com The dark side of abolitionism In a speech to the House of Commons in 1894, Sir Wilfrid Lawson MP offered a damning verdict on British imperial expansion. “Formerly we stole Africans from Africa, and now we stole Africa from Africans,” he declared. The desire to save Uganda from the ravages of the slave trade was bound up with greed during the clamour to colonise the country in the 1890s, argues Richard Huzzey...
"26.11.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com A brief history of graffiti What can graffiti past and present tell us about human creativity? Here, Dr Richard Clay investigates… "Many Viking runes are a little more explicitly 'laddish' than is appropriate for publication here…"
"26.11.2016 15:30:02" historyextra.com Henry VIII: 5 places you (probably) didn't know shaped his life The Tudor king Henry VIII has secured his place in history and continues, more than 500 years after his death, to fascinate. His actions not only gave us some of the most intriguing stories but have impacted on the religious and physical landscapes o Was Henry subconsciously, maybe even consciously, looking for the perfect wife to emulate his mother, with whom he had built such a strong bond at Eltham Palace?
"26.11.2016 14:30:01" historyextra.com Showering, teeth brushing and donning underwear: the strange history of our daily routine From the moment we wake in the morning, we all take part in rituals that are millennia old. But when did we start cleaning our teeth and wearing underpants? "Most Europeans went pant-less until the 19th century, with ladies wearing long smocks under their dresses and men merely tucking their long shirts between their legs..."
"26.11.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com Tutankhamun: who's afraid of the pharaoh's curse? Joyce Tyldesley examines Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun – and gets to the bottom of those curse stories. Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon entered the tomb of Tutankhamun on this day in 1922
"26.11.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com 6 of the most catastrophic weather events in British history The famously changeable British weather has long been the subject of complaint and small talk. Here, Patrick Nobbs explores six of the most disastrous weather events in British history The greatest storm ever to strike the British Isles swept in on this day in 1703
"26.11.2016 11:00:00" Timeline Photos For one set-price, get all the back issues you don't own & save up to 84%! Download or open our app today to view your personal saving amount... Ends 28th November 2016. Available here: http://bit.ly/2g4sOFu
"25.11.2016 17:30:00" historyextra.com BBC World Histories magazine coming soon BBC World Histories, a brand new title from the makers of BBC History Magazine, brings you a fresh take on our global past – and how it shapes our lives today... Our brand new BBC World Histories magazine is launching next week!
"25.11.2016 16:30:01" historyextra.com History quiz – Anglo-Saxons, Bright's disease and the Byzantine army How will you fare in this week's quiz? The Byzantine army suffered a catastrophic defeat in August 1071 at the battle of…?
"25.11.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com 8 of the best dogs in history As a dog-loving nation, Britain's history is inextricably entwined with that of our pooches. Now, a new book tells the story of Britain in 100 dogs – from Roman times to the present – and looks at the extraordinary roles dogs have played in society A white poodle named Boye sent fear through the ranks of the Parliamentarians during the Civil War…
"25.11.2016 13:00:42" historyextra.com Elizabeth II and her prime ministers Twelve prime ministers have resided in Downing Street during Elizabeth II's reign (thirteen including Theresa May), and their weekly meetings have ranged from fun to fractious. Francis Beckett recounts each premier's relationship with a queen who has Churchill and the Queen laughed a lot, and bonded over a shared interest in horses and racing. Their weekly meetings grew from 30 minutes to two hours…
"25.11.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com 4 revelations about the Titanic disaster "Too many myths and errors have leaked into the historical record. The facts allowed us to quickly dismiss the most absurd of theories about the Titanic..."
"25.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com Elizabeth of York: a Tudor of rare talent She may not have sought the limelight as much as some of her contemporaries, but Henry VIII's mother, Elizabeth of York, was a Tudor of rare talent, says Alison Weir... Elizabeth of York was crowned queen of England on this day in 1487...
"24.11.2016 17:30:13" historyextra.com Arts and Crafts and unusual inventors Rosalind Ormiston discusses an important 19th-century artistic movement, while David Bramwell introduces some of history's most talented eccentrics... “Many of the people we might see as eccentric were in fact pioneers. They were just ahead of the game…”
"24.11.2016 16:30:02" Timeline Photos Have you visited New Orleans, Louisiana? What historical sites would you recommend to would-be travellers? (We may print comments)
"24.11.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com William the Conqueror: hero or villain? Was the Norman invader a great leader who ushered in a new civilised era for England, or a greedy brute who terrorised the Anglo-Saxons? "What we know of William comes from his admirers rather than his critics. His modern heroic reputation results from deliberate distortions of evidence by his contemporaries..."
"24.11.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com Peter Snow's six most important documents in history From Magna Carta to Guy Fawkes' confession, letters and documents offer a fascinating insight into pivotal events in Britain's past. Now, in their new book, celebrated historians Peter and Dan Snow select 50 of the most important "We have struck iceberg, sinking fast, come to our assistance"
"24.11.2016 13:00:01" historyextra.com 7 things you might not know about the history of Thanksgiving It is one of America's most celebrated public holidays: a day of feasting, American Football and family. But how much do you know about the history of Thanksgiving? Here, we bring you some facts that might surprise you… "It wasn't until Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Proclamation that Thanksgiving was regularly commemorated each year on the last Thursday of November"
"24.11.2016 12:02:00" historyextra.com Darwin vs God? John van Wyhe considers how much truth there is in the belief that the naturalist caused an almighty clash between church and science... Charles Darwin published the 'Origin of Species' on this day in 1859...
"24.11.2016 11:00:01" historyextra.com BBC History Magazine celebrates its second History Weekend in York Last weekend, our History Weekend returned to the historic city of York for the second year running, this time surrounded by the Roman artefacts and dramatic medieval ruins of the Yorkshire Museum... History enthusiasts joined us in York last weekend for three days of talks on topics from Viking armies and royal rebels to Tudor secrets and Soviet spies...
"23.11.2016 14:30:01" historyextra.com Love before Albert: Queen Victoria's suitors They were one of history's most famous couples, and Queen Victoria's love for Prince Albert – her friend, confidant and adored husband – has never been in doubt. But what about the men who tried to win Victoria's hand in the earlier years of her life Before Albert, Victoria attracted a succession of stalkers, admirers and would-be husbands – including the heir to the Russian throne...
"23.11.2016 13:00:01" historyextra.com What was the significance of the battle of Wigan Lane? In August 1651, King Charles II arrived in Worcester with a mostly Scottish army and summoned all royalists to join him against the new republican government of Oliver Cromwell. "The defeat of the royalists ensured that Charles II would be heavily outnumbered when confronted by Cromwell a few days later..."
"23.11.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com The 5 greatest mysteries behind the Wars of the Roses It is one of the most keenly studied periods in British history, and the inspiration for the ever-popular Game of Thrones. But the Wars of the Roses is still full of uncertainty, contention and debate. Here, Dan Jones, presenter of the new Channel 5 Pretender to the English throne Perkin Warbeck was hanged on this day in 1499
"23.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com 10 things you might not know about Roald Dahl He is one of Britain's most beloved writers, the creator of more than 20 children's books including Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG. But did you know that Roald Dahl was also a medical innovator and a Second World War spy? Here Roald Dahl died on this day in 1990
"22.11.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com 8 things you (probably) didn't know about the Woodvilles In 1464, England's most eligible bachelor, King Edward IV, shocked the nation by announcing that he had taken a bride: Elizabeth Woodville, an impoverished widow with two young sons. The match brought his queen's family into the thick of the Wars of "No, the Woodvilles didn't rob the treasury..."
"22.11.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com 7 myths about Robin Hood We know, or think we know, quite a lot about Robin Hood – the heroic archer in English folklore who supposedly robbed the rich and gave to the poor – but hard facts about him are decidedly thin on the ground. Here, historian David Baldwin busts some It is a myth that Robin Hood was a philanthropist who robbed the rich to give to the poor...
"22.11.2016 12:00:02" historyextra.com How should history remember Margaret Thatcher? Historians Dominic Sandbrook and David Priestland offer contrasting views on the ultimate legacy of Margaret Thatcher, one of Britain's most celebrated, yet divisive, prime ministers... On this day in 1990, Thatcher announced she was to stand down as prime minister after her cabinet refused to back her in a second round of leadership elections
"22.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com The assassination of JFK: an eyewitness account On 22 November 1963, Dallas Morning News reporter Hugh Aynesworth inadvertently became an eyewitness to one of the biggest turning points in history JFK was assassinated on this day in 1963. Hugh Aynesworth is credited with being the only journalist to have witnessed the assassination...
"21.11.2016 16:15:00" historyextra.com What is the origin of the phrase 'to blow smoke up someone's arse'? Aside from paying a false compliment, the phrase is often taken to simply mean to lie, but, sadly, it's unlikely to have originated with tobacco enemas. "Our favourite explanation goes back to the First World War when British troops would hold a papier-mâché dummy over the trench parapet with a cigarette in its mouth…"
"21.11.2016 15:16:15" BBC History Magazine's cover photo
"21.11.2016 15:16:15" BBC History Magazine's cover photo
"21.11.2016 15:15:51" historyextra.com The perils of piety in Tudor England Elizabethans' attempts to get closer to God often ended with them meeting their maker... "Bell-ringers were killed by falling bits of broken bells or even falls from bell-towers. But the biggest problem was swinging ropes…"
"21.11.2016 13:25:19" historyextra.com 10 facts about Stonehenge It is possibly the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. But how much do you know about Stonehenge? Here are 10 important facts... Following the news that a 5,600-year-old religious centre has been discovered near Stonehenge...
"21.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com 9 facts about Buckingham Palace The palace first originated as Buckingham House, which was built by John Sheffield, 3rd Earl of Mulgrave and Marquess of Normandy, as his London residence in 1703. In the same year, Sheffield was made the Duke of Buckingham and he consequently named Buckingham Palace is to undergo a 10-year refurbishment starting next April, costing the taxpayer £369m…
"20.11.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com 7 surprising Ancient Rome facts Jem Duducu brings you seven lesser-known facts about the fascinating years before Nero or Hadrian, and about the era of Roman decline… "What determines the final demise of the empire is notoriously difficult..."
"20.11.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com Religion in ancient Rome: what did they believe? From Jupiter to Venus, Romans worshipped and made sacrifices to a multitude of gods and goddesses, believing that these deities could influence their lives. Here, Professor Duncan MacRae from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio explores the signific "We Romans outstrip every people and nation in our piety and sense of religious scruple," claimed Cicero...
"20.11.2016 13:00:01" historyextra.com Forgotten trials: the other side of Nuremberg A landmark in the history of international criminal justice, the Nuremberg Tribunal saw 24 major Nazi criminals brought to trial, with judges from the Allied powers presiding over the hearings. Eleven The Nuremberg Tribunal began on this day in 1945. But it was only a tiny fragment of a whole system of largely forgotten war crimes trials organised by the Allies across Europe…
"20.11.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com Silbannacus: the Roman emperor that time forgot In 1937, British Museum curators came across a baffling discovery – a Roman coin depicting an emperor whose identity was entirely unknown... "The emperor's name was as mysterious as his coin. No historical source mentions an emperor, or even a usurper, with a name resembling Silbannacus..."
"20.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com Q&A: How did the Romans write fractions? With their letter system for numerals, how did the Romans write fractions? Presumably not all their measurements came out as even numbers... "Most calculations in antiquity were not carried out in writing, but on counting boards of various types, so the notation system did not matter as much..."
"20.11.2016 10:00:01" Timeline Photos Missed any issues? Get ALL the back issues you don't already own for 1 set-price of £39.99 & save up to 84%! Ends 28th November 2016. Available on Apple in-app only here: http://bit.ly/2g4sOFu
"19.11.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com 8 things you (probably) didn't know about Pompeii Lost for centuries after being buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79, Pompeii is today one of the world's most famous and fascinating archaeological sites... "Archaeologists made plastercasts of root cavities in Pompeii's gardens to determine what flowers, fruits and vegetables were being grown in AD 79..."
"19.11.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com What did the Romans really do for us? The Romans get the credit for a lot of inventions, but things are more complicated than that. Jem Duducu investigates how Roman innovation was often a case of adaptation, rather than originality… "Rather than thinking of the Romans as great inventors, perhaps a more appropriate analogy would be to think of them as the Apple of their day..."
"19.11.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com How Roman was Britain? Guy de la Bédoyère asks if archaeology paints a balanced picture of life in the imperial province during its years of occupation... "On closer examination the archaeological evidence isn't always what it seems..."
"19.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com Gettysburg: Lincoln's greatest victory Brian Holden Reid tells the story of the battle of Gettysburg, a defining clash of the American Civil War, and Union triumph that Abraham Lincoln would hail as “a new birth of freedom”... Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on this day in 1863
"18.11.2016 17:30:00" Timeline Photos In 2017 the BBC is marking 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. The BBC is crowdsourcing photos, memories, film footage and much more to help tell the story of LGBT+ life in Britain from 1967-2016. The BBC will be making an
"18.11.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com History quiz – Chaucer, sailors and the Civil War How will you fare in this week's history quiz? What did Edward III give Geoffrey Chaucer on St George's Day 1374?
"18.11.2016 15:30:02" historyextra.com Christianity under Roman rule: a new church is born World-renowned biblical historian Geza Vermes is the author of a book which centres on a pivotal moment in the history of Christianity. He talks to Rob Attar about how the 'Jesus movement' grew into a 'dogmatic' religion under Roman control... "A council was convened in AD 325 by the Roman emperor Constantine to settle a question that was threatening to split the Christian world: what was the relationship of Jesus to God?"
"18.11.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com A brief history of beards From 'hipster' beards to waxed moustaches, facial hair seems to have enjoyed a remarkable resurgence in popularity in Britain in recent years. Here, as a new exhibition 'The Age of the Beard' opens at the Florence Nightingale Museum in London, histor "The beard was held up as 'nature's respirator': a natural filter that could trap dust and germs before they could cause damage..."
"18.11.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com The surprising foods eaten in ancient Rome Archaeologists exploring sewers and cesspits at Herculaneum in 2013 made the startling discovery that, contrary to the long-held belief that ancient Romans survived on a basic diet of bread and olive oil, they in fact enjoyed a rich variety of fish, "We often think of the Mediterranean triad – bread, wine and olive oil – as the diet of most Romans, but in fact food in ancient Rome was much more diverse..."
"18.11.2016 12:00:01" historyextra.com The glorious Caesars Almost 2,000 years after his death, Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus remains the archetype of a monstrous leader. Caligula, as he is better known, is one of the few characters from ancient history to be as familiar to pornographers as to class They're often decried as tyrannical, sex-mad monsters – but Augustus, Caligula and Nero brought peace and stability to the Roman world...
"18.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com 8 things you (probably) didn't know about the battle of the Somme One of the bloodiest clashes of the First World War, the five-month battle of the Somme claimed the lives of more than 127,000 British soldiers, with more than 57,000 British casualties on the first day alone. Here, Anthony Richards, head of document The battle of the Somme ended 100 years ago today
"18.11.2016 10:00:00" historyweekend.com York History Weekend | Join BBC History Magazine for a weekend of talks Some of the world's leading historians and authors will be in the historic city of York this weekend The wait is finally over: our York History Weekend starts today! Tickets available at the information stand!
"17.11.2016 17:30:01" historyextra.com Soviet science and feeding Britain at war Simon Ings examines scientific development in the USSR, while William Sitwell describes the challenges of keeping Britain supplied during rationing... "In a way, the British people sort of relished rationing..."
"17.11.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com York History Weekend: 5 minutes with Michael Wood Michael Wood has been bringing history alive for generations of readers and viewers. He is the author of several highly praised books on English history and has recorded over 100 documentary films, among them In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, Michael will be offering new insights into both Shakespeare's family background and his life in London, at our York History Weekend tomorrow…
"17.11.2016 14:28:51" historyextra.com 7 surprising facts about Roman women From breast-feeding and unusual beauty regimes to female education, Annelise Freisenbruch brings you seven surprising facts about women's lives in ancient Rome... "Ground oyster shells were used as an exfoliant and a mixture of crushed earthworms and oil was thought to camouflage grey hairs. Writers spoke of crocodile dung being used as rouge..."
"17.11.2016 13:30:00" historyextra.com Becoming Queen: Elizabeth II's coronation It poured with rain, but it was still a moment of colour, glamour and optimism watched by millions in a dreary postwar Britain. Hugh Costello talks to the makers of a BBC documentary that went behind the scenes of the 1953 coronation. "Getting the event on air was not easy – the palace was terrified that the ceremony would lose its magic and become vulgar..."
"17.11.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com Hadrian's travels Hadrian was not the type of emperor to lock himself away in Rome, far from his subjects, and wait for the world to come to him. He ruled over what was possibly then the largest empire in history, and Hadrian has been dubbed "the restless emperor"...
"17.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com Elizabeth I's love life: was she really a 'Virgin Queen'? For a queen infamous for her alleged virginity, Elizabeth I's love life has long been the subject of great speculation. Here, Dr Anna Whitelock, a reader in early modern history at Royal Holloway, University of London, explores what really went on be On this day in 1558, Elizabeth was proclaimed queen following the death of her half-sister Queen Mary I
"16.11.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com Who founded Ancient Rome? Dr Miles Russell explains... The Romans created two distinct creation myths for themselves...
"16.11.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com The 8 bloodiest Roman emperors in history They are often described as ruthless and bloodthirsty, famous for their tyrannical reigns of terror. Here, historian Sean Lang examines eight of the bloodiest emperors of Ancient Rome... "Caligula developed paranoia that led him into alarmingly erratic behaviour, possibly including incest with his sister, Julia Drusilla, whom he named as his heir..."
"16.11.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com Boudica: scourge of the Roman empire Vanessa Collingridge tells the story of the woman who raised and led a native army in revolt against oppressive Roman rule in Britain in AD 60... "Boudica was a symbol that though the Iceni might be bruised, they still had their dignity, and it was time to fight back..."
"16.11.2016 13:01:11" historyextra.com 10 key Roman dates you need to know Dr Harry Sidebottom highlights 10 key moments in the rise and fall of one of history's mightiest empires… "In the 50 years between AD 235 and 284, as the Roman empire suffered chronic political and military instability, emperors came and went with bewildering rapidity – the average reign was no more than 18 months…"
"16.11.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com The dangerous streets of ancient Rome Join Mary Beard on a tour of the imperial capital after sunset, when armed muggers, drunken toffs and flying chamber pots hold sway... "Night-time Rome wasn't just dangerous. There was also fun to be had in the clubs, taverns and bars late at night..."
"16.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about Henry III The eldest son of King John, Henry III came to the throne at an early age and enjoyed a reign longer than that of any other English monarch before the Union. Yet, says Matthew Lewis, the author of a new biography on Henry III, this monarch is often o Henry III died on this day in 1272
"16.11.2016 10:00:00" historyextra.com York History Weekend: 5 minutes with Joanne Paul Was Tudor statesman Thomas More a saint or torturer? Hero or villain? Find out with Joanne Paul at our History Weekend in York on Sunday!
"15.11.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com In bed with the Romans: a brief history of sex in Ancient Rome The sexual predilections of people in Ancient Rome and the debauchery of Roman emperors and their empresses are explored in a book written by Paul Chrystal "Same-sex in Ancient Rome was thought to be fine for a man (albeit with conditions), but same-sex between women was unconditionally execrated"
"15.11.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com Welcome to Britannia: Roman Britain in AD 130 80 years after the conquest, tensions were still simmering – especially in the borderland around Hadrian's Wall... "The Britons were regarded as somewhat uncouth, their bodies tattooed with patterns and pictures of all kinds of animals"
"15.11.2016 13:30:02" historyextra.com A handbook to shopping in ancient Rome If you fancied some serious retail therapy in the ancient world then, as Claire Holleran reveals, the streets of Rome were the place to be... "Some unscrupulous retailers had been known to use human flesh in dishes in place of pork, the Roman scholar Galen claimed..."
"15.11.2016 12:30:00" historyextra.com How Archimedes took on the Romans The ancient Greek thinker was much more than an eccentric with his head stuck in the clouds. His ingenious inventions helped wage warfare on the Roman empire, says Dr Michael Scott... "Archimedes had a crane design known as the claw. A metal claw could be dropped with a pulley system, crashing into the Roman ship below. The claw would then be hoisted, with the ship attached, out of the water..."
"15.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com Justice, Roman style Examining the trials of first-century orator Cicero, Tom Holland explains how Roman justice in the first century BC was as much a matter of entertainment as of due legal process... "Law, to the Romans, was a topic of consuming interest. A lawyer in Rome might become a superstar..."
"14.11.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com 5 reasons you won't want to miss our York History Weekend From 18-20 November, BBC History Magazine's History Weekend festival will be returning to the historic city of York for the second year running. Boasting a line-up of more than 20 eminent speakers including Michael Wood, Suzannah Lipscomb and Janina Less than a week to go! Who are you most excited to see?
"14.11.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com Mary Beard on why Rome ruled the world How did an insignificant little settlement by the river Tiber grow into a mighty empire encompassing the Mediterranean world and much of western Europe? "The more Rome incorporated those they had defeated, the more troops the Romans had to call on..."
"14.11.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com Gladiators in Ancient Rome: how did they live and die? Hollywood likes to cast them as heroic freedom fighters, but what was life really like for Rome's arena-warriors? Tony Wilmott brings you the facts... "Breathing in the heavy bronze helmets was a lung-busting experience…"
"14.11.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com How to succeed in Ancient Rome From becoming a master charioteer to keeping the gods on your side, making a success of yourself in Ancient Rome was no mean feat... "If one of your debtors defaults, handle him severely. If necessary, sell his children into slavery. Healthy infants fetch a decent price and the sale will act as a warning to others in your debt…"
"14.11.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com At home with the Romans What did Romans get up to in the privacy of their own abodes? Paul Roberts takes us on a guided tour of the Roman home... "Slaves probably had more comfortable lives than many poorer, freeborn citizens"
"14.11.2016 11:00:01" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about the Romans Oxford historian Harry Sidebottom shares 10 surprising facts about the Romans... "From the end of the first century AD, Roman emperors had adopted the daily habit of taking a small amount of every known poison in an attempt to gain immunity..."
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"13.11.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com Charles II: Too randy to rule Don Jordan and Michael Walsh reveal how the merrie monarch's obsession with sex cost England a fortune and left it vulnerable to attack. Venereal disease was so common at Charles's court that a specialist 'pox doctor' had to be on call…
"13.11.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com Where history happened: remembering the Great War Professor Mark Connelly from the University of Kent discusses the legacy of the First World War through seven British memorials... "There were no domestic graves around which to conduct the usual rites of loss and mourning. This sparked the erection of war memorials as surrogate headstones"
"13.11.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com Lady Jane Grey: why do we want to believe the myth? The image of Lady Jane Grey, the abused child-woman and nine days queen, is encapsulated in a fraud. Why are we so keen to believe in an innocent, virginal Jane, asks Leanda de Lisle... Lady Jane Grey was accused of treason on this day in 1553...
"13.11.2016 11:00:01" historyextra.com Remembering WW1: blood, poppies and poetry David Reynolds explores how commemoration of the First World War has changed over the past 100 years... "The Two-Minute Silence dates from 1919 and the Poppy Appeal from 1921. Yet the continuity of ritual masks profound changes in British attitudes to remembrance..."
"12.11.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com 7 weird and wonderful Georgian beauty treatments As historical writer Catherine Curzon reveals, the beauty regimes of the Georgian era could put even the most bizarre modern fads to shame… "Heads would be adorned with wax fruit, flowers or even model sailing ships, and the most elaborate hairstyles would remain in place for days or weeks at a time..."
"12.11.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com Women in politics and Robinson Crusoe Historian Julie V Gottlieb tracks the development of female politicians, while Professor Andrew Lambert tells the story of a Pacific island that has become closely associated with Daniel Defoe's best-known novel Women leaders from the Suffragettes to Hillary Clinton…
"12.11.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com Where History Happened: the monastic revolution Charlotte Hodgman speaks to Andrew Jotischky about eight places associated with the reformation of religious institutions across the British Isles during the 12th century... "Another criticism was that Benedictine monks ate too well. A monastic diet, Cistercians said, should consist of plain foods such as vegetables, beans and bread..."
"12.11.2016 14:30:01" historyextra.com The myths of the battle of Gallipoli "Far from being a brilliant, potentially war-winning strategy, it was a piece of folly that was always likely to fail..."
"12.11.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com Prince Philip: a life of duty and devotion Sometimes considered brusque and prone to lapses in tact, Prince Philip has nonetheless excelled in his principal role: as the Queen's stalwart companion for nearly 70 years. Sarah Gristwood discusses their long union and the tricky job of a consort "Philip cursed, reportedly, that he was 'just a bloody amoeba', valued for his reproductive function and no more..."
"12.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com Life of the Week: King Cnut Recognised as one of the most prominent kings of the Anglo-Saxon era, King Cnut conquered England, Denmark, Norway, and areas of Sweden Cnut died on this day in 1035
"11.11.2016 16:30:00" historyextra.com History quiz – cars, card games and Charles Dickens How will you fare in this week's history quiz? Which popular card game is supposed to have been invented by poet Sir John Suckling (1609–41) and is based on an earlier game known as 'Noddy'?
"11.11.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com 9 facts about Buckingham Palace We bring you nine historical facts about Queen Elizabeth II's official London residence... Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to use the palace as their official residence when she moved there in 1837...
"11.11.2016 14:30:01" historyextra.com The great misconceptions of the First World War "There was no single emotional reaction to the outbreak of the First World War. Instead, responses were ambiguous and complex, and changed over time..."
"11.11.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com Who was the first ever teenage heartthrob? Very debatable – you can argue this one all you like, so let's get things started… Several of Rudolph Valentino's female fans allegedly committed suicide following his untimely death…
"11.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com How did WW1 end? The First World War ended not through mutiny or popular uprising, but through decisive military defeat... On Armistice Day, we ask...
"10.11.2016 16:30:01" historyextra.com The wartime SAS and Hitler's drug addiction Ben Macintyre details the extraordinary activities of the Special Air Service in the fight against the Axis, while Norman Ohler discusses Blitzed, his new book on Nazi drug abuse... “Hitler used drugs to maintain his tunnel vision and stay on track...”
"10.11.2016 15:30:03" historyextra.com Why Churchill's reputation is still on the line Contrasting biographies of the iconic leader show how perceptions of historical figures change with the passing of time, says David Cannadine... What do you make of Netflix series The Crown's portrayal of Churchill?
"10.11.2016 14:30:14" historyextra.com York History Weekend: 5 minutes with John Julius Norwich At our York History Weekend this November, John Julius presents a vivid history of the Renaissance, told through the stories of its four great princes... "I love the way dry, overly academic history writing is becoming more lively, more literary, and more of a pleasure to read..."
"10.11.2016 13:11:35" historyextra.com Donald Trump's unsurprising victory Is this the greatest political shock in American history? If by shock you mean unexpected, yes it is. Of course, there have been other surprise presidential election results (“Dewey defeats Truman”, or not, as it turned out) but nothing on this scale The election of Donald Trump as president is shocking, but it is not something new, argues Dr Adam Smith...
"10.11.2016 12:00:01" historyextra.com Which century saw the most change? Life in the west has been utterly transformed over the past millennium. Here, taking in everything from the rise of the castle in the 11th century to the dropping of the atomic bomb in the 20th, Ian Mortimer considers when that change was most profou "After the Black Death a new, deeper sense of mankind's sinfulness entered the public awareness"
"10.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com The dark charisma of Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler was far more than the frenzied madman of popular perception, argues Laurence Rees. Here was a charismatic politician, brilliant at articulating the fears and desires of the people. "Hitler was always certain in his judgements. He never expressed doubt about anything to his audience. He knew the problems Germany faced and he said he knew the solutions"
"09.11.2016 18:21:17" historyextra.com Donald Trump elected president: the historians' verdict What is the historical significance of Trump's election to the White House? Four historians of America offer their views… "It will take far more than a few emollient words to heal the painful divisions in American society"
"09.11.2016 17:00:00" historyextra.com America's devious dream: Roosevelt and the Panama Canal US politics is currently under intense international scrutiny. Over a century ago, President Roosevelt's 'big-stick' diplomacy drove a canal across Panama... "The colossal engineering task generated enough deceit and comic bravado for the plot of an operetta..."
"09.11.2016 15:45:00" historyextra.com American presidents: 9 things you (probably) didn't know Jem Duducu brings you nine surprising facts about America's presidents past... You are unlikely to know the name of the first president of America...
"09.11.2016 14:48:00" historyextra.com Simon Schama on American history As Donald Trump's election victory marks a major turning point for America, we look back at a 2008 interview with Simon Schama about the nation's remarkable history... “Jefferson thought that somehow by America's sheer force of moral example it would create liberty all around the world…”
"09.11.2016 13:40:00" historyextra.com A brief history of election “rigging” in the United States Allegations that the American electoral system is rigged have long been a staple of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign. Here, Dr Adam Smith from University College London (UCL) investigates "Trump was the first presidential nominee of a major party to make allegations of systemic fraud central to his campaign, but his line taps into a deep tradition in American politics..."
"09.11.2016 12:46:01" historyextra.com A country at the crossroads: how Lincoln's 1860 election victory set the US on the path to Civil War Richard Carwardine explains why Lincoln's election victory in 1860 was so important and how he managed to trounce his rivals in the polls... "Lincoln won the presidency with a mere 40 per cent of the popular vote, seven per cent less than the combined ballots of his two Democrat rivals…”
"09.11.2016 11:10:00" historyextra.com Tudors in America: how England's New World colonies came into being While the Spanish were obsessed by central and southern America, England's Tudor monarchs paid little attention to the New World... "It was by pure chance that England's American colonies came into being..."
"08.11.2016 17:15:00" What do you think is the most fascinating period in history and why? (We may print comments)
"08.11.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com Assassination of JFK: historians explore the conspiracy theories Leading historians explore the various theories surrounding the assassination. "The United States government engaged in a systematic cover-up of the truth by either destroying or 'classifying' vital evidence"
"08.11.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com A brief history of how people communicated in the Middle Ages In an age of mass communication, of 24-hour news and social media, it's hard to believe that, in many ways, medieval Europeans conversed much like we do... “It is not always clear where medieval rumours began, but there is no doubt that they could spread quickly..."
"08.11.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com The 5 most notorious presidents in US history Dr Adam Smith from University College London (UCL) considers five of the country's most disreputable leaders… "You know the situation is serious when you have to appear on TV and declare 'I am not a crook'"...
"08.11.2016 12:07:07" historyextra.com Life after the White House: what the US presidents did next Washington took up farming, Hoover indulged his passion for fishing and Roosevelt embarked on a year-long hunting expedition… Barack Obama is about to find himself with a lot more time on his hands. How might he spend his post-presidency years?
"08.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com Vampires: a cultural history From 12th-century 'revenants' to teen thriller Twilight, belief in vampires has been �an enduring theme in cultural history... Dracula author Bram Stoker was born on this day in 1847...
"07.11.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com Life of the Week: Marie Curie Hailed as a 'celebrity scientist' in her lifetime, Marie Curie was the first female to win the Nobel Prize in 1903, for her ground-breaking research on radioactivity... Pioneering scientist Marie Curie was born on this day in 1867...
"07.11.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com Opinion: the conservative legacy of Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan is arguably the most significant American president of the post-1945 era. Nevertheless, since he left office in 1989 there has been continuous debate over whether his legacy was a positive or negative one. Here, ahead of the US presiden "Donald Trump claims he will create a new era of dynamic economic growth by emulating Reagan's strategy of tax cuts. In fact, the 1980s were not the golden age of prosperity that many Republicans imagine..."
"07.11.2016 13:00:01" historyextra.com Living in sin: unmarried relationships in Victorian Britain Is the idea that Victorian working-class couples often skipped marriage accurate? Rebecca Probert looks at the evidence... "Relationships outside marriage tended to be surreptitious rather than openly acknowledged. The diarist Francis Kilvert wrote of one couple being evicted simply because they were unmarried..."
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"07.11.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com A brief history of election “rigging” in the United States Allegations that the American electoral system is rigged have long been a staple of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign. Here, ahead of the election on 8 November, Dr Adam Smith from University College London (UCL) investigates "America's politics have always been rude and rumbustious – and, on occasion, rigged…"
"07.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com Q&A: How many years of its existence has Britain been at war? Statistics state that the USA has been at war for 210 years of its existence. But for how many years has Britain been at war? "Britain engaged in some form of military conflict in every year of Queen Victoria's reign, fighting an incredible 230 wars in this 64-year period alone..."
"06.11.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about the Great Wall of China John Man, author of The Great Wall of China, �explodes some of the popular myths surrounding this amazing edifice... The Wall is not as old as you think, and it cannot be seen from the Moon...
"06.11.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com Tutankhamun: behind the mask We know much of the treasures of Tutankhamun's tomb, but what do we know of the daily life of this boy king? Charlotte Booth investigates... "The art of warfare and charioteering was part of the traditional royal education and was taught to Tutankhamun from as young as five years old..."
"06.11.2016 13:00:01" historyextra.com The murderous history of Bible translations The Bible has been translated far more than any other book. Yet, as Harry Freedman reveals in his new book, the history of Bible translations is not only contentious but bloody, with many who dared translate it being burned at the stake. Here, writin The Pope accused John Wycliffe, who is best remembered for producing an English version of the Bible, of "vomiting out of the filthy dungeon of his heart most wicked and damnable heresies"…
"06.11.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com Life of the Week: Prince Philip He has been the queen's consort for more than six decades, but Prince Philip's marriage to the then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 caused tensions... "The royal and political elite disliked Philip for his German connections, looked down on him for his lack of education, and questioned whether he would be faithful to Elizabeth..."
"06.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com When were passports first introduced? The first passports were medieval documents that allowed the holder to pass the 'porte', or gate, of a city without paying any local fees on his person or goods. Individual cities often had reciprocal arrangements to waive such fees on each other's f "A ruler could issue a pass porte to his officials allowing them to enter any city in his realm free of charge"
"05.11.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com Life of the Week: Guy Fawkes Here we explore the life of the conspirator most closely associated with the foiled Gunpowder plot… "After his confession, Guy Fawkes apparently remarked that he had collected so much gunpowder in order to 'blow you Scotch beggars back to your native mountains'..."
"05.11.2016 13:00:01" historyextra.com 9 places associated with Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot In 1605 a small group of disaffected Catholics came within a whisker of blowing the king and parliament to smithereens. We visit nine places associated with this bloody scheme. "It was Thomas Percy who had met with James prior to Elizabeth's death and received assurances of better treatment for Catholics. Now, Percy was keen to mete out the ultimate punishment to the heretical king…"
"05.11.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com Why did Anne Boleyn have to die? Was she ensnared by a conspiracy, the victim of her own loose tongue, or simply guilty as charged? Suzannah Lipscomb tries to unearth the real reason why Henry VIII sent his second wife, Anne Boleyn, to the block. "Evidence is limited – but there is enough to appear to support several very different conclusions..." Suzannah Lipscomb
"05.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com A very short history of bonfire night Justin Pollard traces the roots of Guy Fawkes Night The Observance of November 5th Act effectively made the celebration compulsory…
"04.11.2016 16:30:01" historyextra.com History quiz – US presidents Test your knowledge of America's presidents past... Hillary Clinton is the first woman to run for president as the nominated candidate of one of the two major parties, Democrat and Republican. How many women have stood for vice president as a Democrat or Republican Party nominee?
"04.11.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com "How I fell captive to the Germans": the experience of WW1 PoWs British officers taken prisoner were required to explain how they fell into enemy hands. Their testimonies offer a fascinating insight into the brutality of trench warfare... “I was hit by a grenade that burst behind me. I lost a great quantity of blood and the next thing I remember is a Boche kicking me on the head at the other end of the trench...”
"04.11.2016 14:30:01" historyextra.com 8 things you (probably) didn't know about King Cnut A fierce Danish warrior king who conquered vast swathes of northern Europe and ruled over 11th-century England, Cnut is one of the Anglo-Saxon period's most prominent figures... "Cnut left behind a number of hostages – minus their ears and noses. It was a stark warning to those who did not support him – they could be in for a seriously difficult time in the future..."
"04.11.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com The young Elizabeth II: life before she was Queen From her birth to loving parents, her unconventional education and her involvement in the war effort, to the crisis that brought her to the throne, Kate williams charts the early years and upbringing The Queen's early life is the subject of new Netflix drama series 'The Crown', out today…
"04.11.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com 5 reasons you won't want to miss our York History Weekend From 18-20 November, BBC History Magazine's History Weekend festival will be returning to the historic city of York for the second year running. Boasting a line-up of more than 20 eminent speakers including Michael Wood, Suzannah Lipscomb and Janina Will you be joining us?
"03.11.2016 17:11:50" historyextra.com Black British history and Charles I's children David Olusoga explores Britain's often forgotten links with the people of Africa. Meanwhile, historical author Linda Porter, describes the fates of a group of royal children whose father was executed in 1649 "There is an amazing history in this family of children just being left behind, with no obvious explanation for this"
"03.11.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com Heavenly dew: crying in the Middle Ages "How could you tell if tears were really from God, if someone was faking or, worse, if their tears actually came from the devil?"
"03.11.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com Playing King Henry VIII From muscled Adonis to disease-ridden tyrant, Henry VIII presents a challenge to any actor. Eric Ives looks at portrayals of Henry on screen and on canvas... "The real challenge for any actor portraying the younger Henry is to reveal the Metsys latent within the youthful Adonis..."
"03.11.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com The march of the Green Shirts David Nash tells the story of a mass political movement that was driven onto the streets in the 1930s by many of the issues facing the country today. They railed at bankers, urged Britain to cut ties with Europe, and argued that austerity was crippling the economy...
"03.11.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com 5 historical space travel facts From the moon landing to the first dog to orbit the earth, we bring you five historical space travel facts... Laika the dog, the first living creature to orbit the Earth, was launched into space on this day in 1957...
"03.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com What is the origin and meaning of the pirate expression 'shiver me timbers'? This stereotypically piratical expression found fame in Disney's 1950 adaptation of Treasure Island, in which Robert Newton's irascible Long John Silver uttered it in his native west country accent to exclaim shock and surprise (“here's Jim Hawkins, Variations include "shiver my sides" and "shake up your timbers"...
"03.11.2016 09:48:09" BBC History Magazine Our December issue is now on sale!
"03.11.2016 09:48:09" BBC History Magazine Our December issue is now on sale!
"02.11.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com The earthquakes that rocked Georgian London Andrew Robinson describes what happened when a series of earthquakes struck London in 1750. Houses collapsed, sheep ran wild, Westminster Abbey shook and the people trembled in fear of armageddon..
"02.11.2016 14:30:01" historyextra.com Britain: a nation of slave owners Thousands of 'ordinary' Britons profited from the slave trade – and, says David Olusoga, they weren't about to accept abolition without a fight... "Thousands of British men and women opposed abolition because they themselves owned slaves. They portrayed slavery as critical to the national interest..."
"02.11.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com Britain and Japan's 400-year relationship Antony Best picks out eight key moments in the relationship between Britain and Japan that has veered from violent hostility to cultural and economic partnerships. "The new regime was torn between those who wished to expel the west and those who realised that Japan had to adapt itself to the modern world..."
"02.11.2016 12:00:01" historyextra.com York History Weekend: behind the scenes with Yorkshire Museum's curator of archaeology Later this month, the UK's leading popular historians will be joining us in York for BBC History Magazine's History Weekend... "York was central to the Roman empire. Goods and people from all over Europe, Asia and North Africa flooded in, shaping the city into a cosmopolitan melting pot of religions, cultures, tastes and ideas..."
"02.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com In focus: Marie Antoinette On 21 September 1792, the Legislative Assembly in France voted for the monarchy to be abolished and called for the creation of the First Republic. Just four months later, King Louis XVI was tried for high treason by revolutionaries in the The Nationa Marie Antoinette was born on this day in 1755
"02.11.2016 10:45:00" telegraph.co.uk "Town planners did more damage to Britain's heritage than Hitler's bombs" Andrew Lloyd Webber has said that own planners did much more damage to English heritage in the 1950s and 1960s than Hitler's Second World War bombs. What's your view? We may print comments
"01.11.2016 17:30:02" historyextra.com Uncertainty and unrest: the madness of the Regency period Stella Tillyard looks beyond the romanticised Regency world of Jane Austen novels and finds a time of unrest and uncertainty... "The Regency period seems to me an altogether stranger time than we might think, haunted by the madness of the king, shadowed by war, and wracked with uncertainty about the future..."
"01.11.2016 16:30:01" historyextra.com Alan Turing: The man, the enigma The founding father of computing played a vital role in breaking German codes during the Second World War. Joel Greenberg deciphers the brilliant but troubled life of Alan Turing... "Contrary to popular belief, there was no single 'Enigma code'"...
"01.11.2016 14:30:02" historyextra.com American presidents: 9 things you (probably) didn't know Most minds will leap to George Washington, but think about that for a moment. During the American Revolutionary War of 1775–83 (also known as the War of Independence), Washington was first and foremost a politician; he was voted in as president in 17 With the presidential election just one week away...
"01.11.2016 13:00:00" historyextra.com The assassination of prime minister Spencer Perceval: a popular murder? The assassination of the prime minister Spencer Perceval on 11 May 1812 was greeted with celebration as well as dismay... Spencer Perceval, the only British prime minister to be assassinated while in office, was born on this day in 1762...
"01.11.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com 7 facts about the Hundred Years' War The battle of Agincourt was a major English victory over the French in the Hundred Years' War. But how much do you know about this series of conflicts, fought from 1337 to 1453 over succession to the French throne? "The legend that the origins of the 'v' sign can be found in the Hundred Years' War is, sadly, just legendary"...
"01.11.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com 14 weird things that have happened in November through history The death of Empress Catherine the Great of Russia in November 1796 is surrounded in scandalous legend...
"31.10.2016 17:30:00" historyextra.com Witch Quiz The history of witchcraft in Britain is a dark one, brimming with trials, persecution and torture, which claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent men and women during the 16th and 17th centuries. But what did you actually have to do to end up in the Would you have been accused of witchcraft?
"31.10.2016 16:30:01" historyextra.com What was the sweating sickness in Tudor England? The first incident of the sweating sickness, also known as the "English Sweate”, occurred in 1485... "Many well known Tudor courtiers contracted the illness, including Anne Boleyn and Cardinal Wolsey..."
"31.10.2016 15:30:43" historyextra.com The Victorians' grisly fascination with murder Clive Bloom lifts the lid on the Victorians' grisly fascination with murder, from the case of the constable-killer who believed he was Christ to the ruthless conman who drowned his wives... "In April 1889, Florence bought flypaper infused with arsenic and soaked it to decant the poison for cosmetic use..."
"31.10.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com A brief history of coffee: a drink for the devil The second-most traded commodity in the world, behind only petroleum, coffee has become a mainstay of the modern diet. Here, Paul Chrystal, author of Coffee: A Drink For the Devil, charts its discovery and explores Britain's love affair with the the Coffee, it was claimed, was the Viagra of the day, making "the erection more vigorous, the ejaculation more full, add[ing] a spiritualascendency to the sperm"
"31.10.2016 13:00:01" historyextra.com 11 things you (probably) didn't know about Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes and his crime-busting abilities have long fascinated readers and viewers alike... “William Gillette (who played Sherlock Holmes in an 1899 stage play) is credited with introducing Holmes' curved pipe, possibly because a straight pipe obscured his face when he delivered his lines…”
"31.10.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com The Battle of Britain: a brilliant triumph that involved far more than just the chosen few The battle has long been hailed as the triumph of the plucky underdog over the Nazi goliath. Yet, says James Holland, it was the RAF that held all the aces... The Battle of Britain ended on this day in 1940...
"31.10.2016 10:00:00" historyextra.com 10 things you didn't know about the history of Halloween Dr David Clarke of Sheffield Hallam University, an expert on British folklore, investigates the origins of this eerie autumn festival… It is "the most widely misunderstood and misrepresented day in the festival year"...
"30.10.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com Q&A: How was Morse code invented? Samuel Morse came up with the idea for an electric telegraph when he heard about electromagnetism on a voyage from France to New York in 1832... "Samuel Morse was a well-known painter and keen amateur inventor..."
"30.10.2016 14:30:00" historyextra.com Waterloo: the historian's verdict Historians reflect on some of the big questions relating to the famous 1815 battle... "Although any army led by Napoleon commanded respect, this one was not as strong as those of his heyday. It was hastily assembled, with many raw recruits..."
"30.10.2016 12:00:01" historyextra.com 8 things you (probably) didn't know about Tutankhamun In 1922, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered Tutankhamun's near-intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The king's mummified body still lay, surrounded by precious grave goods, in his golden coffin. Today, Tutankhamun is ancient Egypt's most He was buried in a second-hand coffin, and his heart is missing…
"30.10.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com Henry VII: survivor and stabiliser He may not be the most popular Tudor but, says Steven Gunn, Henry VII set the blueprint for a dynasty that was to make England a global power... Henry VII's coronation took place on this day in 1485. "He laid the foundations for every aspect of later Tudor rule," argues Steven Gunn...
"30.10.2016 10:00:00" historyextra.com 9 things you might not know about Anne Frank Here we round up nine important facts about Anne Frank, who in 1944 at the age of 14 was captured by the Nazis along with her family. Her famous diary was published by her father, Otto Frank, in 1947 At the end of October or the beginning of November 1944, Margot and Anne Frank were deported from Auschwitz to Bergen-Belsen…
"29.10.2016 16:30:01" Timeline Photos Have you visited Bethlehem? What would you recommend? (We may print comments)
"29.10.2016 15:30:01" historyextra.com 5 historic hauntings for Halloween Professor Owen Davies, a historian who specialises in witchcraft, magic, and ghosts from the ancient world to the modern era, shares five historic "hauntings"… "By the spring of 1771, mysterious murmurings, groanings, and shrieks plagued the Manor House..."
"29.10.2016 14:30:07" historyextra.com History Explorer: The Scottish Enlightenment Alexander Broadie explains how Glasgow University inspired some of the 18th century's most brilliant thinkers... "These formidable thinkers took advantage of the Scottish religious and political authorities' relatively relaxed attitudes to set the agenda for cutting-edge research across Europe..."
"29.10.2016 13:30:01" historyextra.com Walter Ralegh: the heroic traitor Mark Nicholls explains how the celebrated Elizabethan polymath fell foul of King James and ended up on the executioner's block... On this day in 1618, Sir Walter Ralegh was beheaded on the orders of King James I & VI. "He had been a thorn in the king's side too long"...
"29.10.2016 12:00:00" historyextra.com How significant was the Suez Crisis? The 1956 Suez Crisis is widely remembered as a critical event in post-war British history, which helped bring to an end the era of Britain as a global empire and superpower. Sixty years on, Andrew Jones asks how significant Suez really was, and why i 60 years on, we ask: was Suez truly a watershed moment in post-war British history?
"29.10.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com Britain's top 10 cultural success stories For all the talk of its diminished status over the past decades, there is one field in which Britain has remained an undisputed world leader: popular entertainment. Dominic Sandbrook selects 10 of his favourite cultural success stories... "The Harry Potter stories would never have been so successful had they not been rooted in the most distinctive British popular genre of all – the boarding school story..."
"29.10.2016 10:00:00" historyextra.com How to carry off a great hoax Author and journalist Eugene Byrne considers what you need to bear in mind if you're planning a masterpiece of deception... Jonathan Swift's elaborate hoax ruined the business and reputation of almanac-writer and astrologer John Partridge...
"28.10.2016 16:30:01" ospreypublishing.com Escape from Colditz Colditz Castle - World War II.An impregnable fortress. An inescapable prison. Until now.Designed by Major Pat Reid, one of only a handful of prisoners-of-war to escape Colditz Castle, and screenwriter Brian Degas, Escape From Colditz is the iconic game of ADVERT: Out of print in Britain for more than 30 years, Escape from Colditz returns in this deluxe edition from Osprey Games. The game was originally designed in conjunction with Major Pat Reid, who escaped from Colditz prisoner of war camp in the Second
"28.10.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com History quiz – Dames, JFK and the house of Gonzaga How will you fare in this week's history quiz? The death of which prominent cultural figure was overshadowed by the assassination of John F Kennedy on the same day?
"28.10.2016 14:30:01" historyextra.com The cult of Thomas Becket Anne Duggan of King's College London looks at seven places with links to a man whose martyrdom has inspired Christians across Europe for 800 years... "The brutal murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 established Canterbury as the centre of a pilgrimage cult that embraced the whole of the Latin west..."
"28.10.2016 13:30:00" historyextra.com Princely pleasures at Kenilworth: Robert Dudley's three-week marriage proposal to Elizabeth I Described as Elizabeth I's great love, Robert Dudley came closer than any other suitor to making the queen his wife... "Elizabeth's pet name for Dudley was 'eyes'. The pair met as children at the court of Henry VIII, perhaps as early as c1540, when each would have been about seven...."
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"28.10.2016 12:00:01" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about Henry III The eldest son of King John, Henry III came to the throne at an early age and enjoyed a reign longer than that of any other English monarch. Yet, says Matthew Lewis, the author of a new biography on Henry III, this monarch is often overlooked. Here, Henry III was crowned at Gloucester Cathedral 800 years ago today. But he was not the true ruler of England…
"28.10.2016 11:00:00" historyextra.com Mussolini's willing followers The postwar orthodoxy held that most Italians never truly bought into Fascism. Yet, says Christopher Duggan, who died earlier this year, the devotion to Mussolini expressed in newly analysed diaries and letters of the time tells a very different stor On this day in 1922, Mussolini 'led' the Fascist March on Rome...
"27.10.2016 15:30:00" historyextra.com “I've been close to death nine times”: John Simpson on life as a foreign correspondent The role of the foreign correspondent has become more dangerous than ever amid conflicts in Iraq and Syria, distinguished BBC journalist John Simpson has said "I think the role of the foreign correspondent has become more dangerous in the last few years, since the invasion of Iraq in 2003"