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"23.03.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com Blitzkrieg In our latest podcast, Lloyd Clark explores the 1940 German invasion of France in a lecture delivered at our World War Two day event last month… “Had they got their act together, thought differently, thought more agilely, there was the potential on 14 and 15 May to stop the Germans in their tracks and even push them back into the river…”
"23.03.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com A brief history of Harrods London department store Harrods has grown into a brand recognised all over the world. But its first owners faced many setbacks, from fires and financial crashes to criminal convictions... "Charles Henry Harrod was caught red-handed receiving stolen goods and sentenced to seven years' transportation..."
"23.03.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com Behind the scenes: series one of The Last Kingdom The second series of Anglo-Saxon drama series The Last Kingdom continues on BBC Two tonight, based on Bernard Cornwell's novels of ninth-century England… “There were always really interesting debates on-set about what they would have all looked like, how they'd have fought, what fabrics they would have worn…”
"23.03.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com Thomas Cromwell: a thug in a doublet? For most of the five centuries since Henry VIII sent his chief minister to the scaffold, historians have cast Thomas Cromwell as a scheming, rapacious vulture… “Cromwell made four terrible mistakes in his last year of life. One is very well known, two are less so, and one has previously been missed altogether…”
"22.03.2017 15:30:00" 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... "Contemporary beliefs about the 'insatiable' sexual appetites of women fuelled suspicions that the queen was engaged in secret sexual liaisons..."
"22.03.2017 14:30:02" historyextra.com Percy Fawcett and the lost city of Z: The history behind the film Arriving in UK cinemas on Friday 24 March, The Lost City of Z reveals the story of enigmatic Victorian explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest to find an ancient civilisation in the Amazon jungle… “Percy Fawcett was a brave and obsessive man. The city of Z had become an obsession that had burned within him for well over a decade and had grown and deepened and driven him…”
"22.03.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com Scottish history: 9 steps from Union to Referendum Dr Seán Lang charts the history of the Union from 1707 to the present day... "King James had hoped to create a united kingdom of Great Britain, but the idea found no support in either of his parliaments..."
"22.03.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com Bad sports? Puritan attempts to ban games in 17th-century England Alistair Dougall describes how Puritan attempts to ban games such as football, wrestling and bowling divided the people of England in the 17th century... "A 1365 decree forbade men from playing 'handball, football, club ball, cock fighting or other vain games of no value'..."
"22.03.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com Is Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' the greatest speech in history? On 28 August 1963, Martin Luther King shared with the world his "dream"… “The speech bristles with barely concealed frustration at the slow pace of federal action to support black civil and voting rights…”
"21.03.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com Portraits of a plague: the 19th-century pandemic that killed 12 million people Between 1855 and 1959 – more than 500 years after the medieval Black Death – a new plague pandemic ravaged the globe, killing some 12 million people… “Quarantine, forced evacuations and torching neighbourhoods were all employed against the pandemic…”
"21.03.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Did the Tudors invent the Wars of the Roses? It was in Henry VII's interests to propagate the concept of a titanic clash of dynasties in the 15th century – and for 500 years we've bought the lie, according to Dan Jones... "Lancaster vs York, red vs white: it is a story as easy to grasp as a football match. Yet it is misleading, distorted, oversimplified and – in parts – deliberately false..."
"21.03.2017 14:34:21" historyextra.com The weird and wonderful world of Victorian entertainment From levitation demonstrations, vanishing acts and card-playing automatons, to performing elephants and clog dancers – when looking for fun, the Victorians were spoilt for choice... "Maskelyne's shows featured an array of magic tricks, including levitation, decapitation, and a 'moth lady' who mysteriously emerged from a cocoon made of golden silk..."
"21.03.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about the Spanish Armada The defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 – a fleet of Spanish ships led by Medina Sidonia with the purpose of overthrowing Queen Elizabeth I – is considered one of England's greatest military achievements… “After considering his appointment for two days, Medina Sidonia made clear his absolute conviction that the Armada expedition was a grave mistake and had little chance of success…”
"21.03.2017 12:01:17" historyextra.com Darwin vs God: did the Origin of Species cause a clash between church and science? John van Wyhe considers how much truth there is in the belief that the naturalist caused an almighty clash between church and science… “We often hear that when the 'Origin of Species' was published there was a great outcry and an historic clash of science and religion. This is probably more fantasy than fact…”
"20.03.2017 16:30:02" 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 size of our brains, historians agree, is not enough in itself to explain our success as a species..."
"20.03.2017 16:02:00" historyextra.com Getting the history right on '1066: A Year to Conquer England' Recently shown on BBC Two, 1066: A Year to Conquer England explored the story of the Norman invasion of England, which culminated with the battle of Hastings. But how does a show like this go about getting the history right? “All forms of public history matter. The subject is much too good to be hoarded. Sharing knowledge of the past will rarely transform lives as some forms of knowledge can. But it should always enrich them…”
"20.03.2017 15:06:02" Get the next 5 digital issues of BBC History Magazine for just £5/$5/€5 & make a saving of 80%!
"20.03.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com My history hero: Dame Vera Lynn chooses Helen Forrest Helen Forrest was a leading female singer during America's 'Swing Era', best known for the wartime hits she had with some of the leading US big bands of the day… “There came a time when I had to stop listening to her because although I liked her enormously, I didn't want to pick up her way of singing…”
"20.03.2017 13:30:00" 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... “Charles Darwin concluded that earthworms were largely to blame for the Stonehenge stones sinking…”
"20.03.2017 12:33:01" historyextra.com 7 forgotten monarchs Here, we take a look at seven forgotten British kings and queens... "From King Stephen to Queen Anne, a number of royals have been overshadowed by their more famous counterparts..."
"19.03.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com 10 milestones in the history of western music From Monteverdi's 'ravishingly sensuous' opera to Leona Lewis's triumph in the multi-media extravaganza The X Factor, Tim Blanning chooses 10 moments in music history… “First performed in Dublin in 1742, Handel's Messiah was an immediate success…”
"19.03.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Medieval tourism: pilgrimages and tourist destinations Recent research suggests medieval tourism was widespread, writes Paul Oldfield, and existed in a world of pilgrimage and classical curiosities… “Like today's travel agents, the guardians of many of southern Italy's shrine centres targeted, and competed for, travellers…”
"19.03.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Norman women: the power behind the thrones History tends to focus on kings, warriors and bishops – but a number of 11th-century women were hugely influential in war, state and church… “There is a sense that Matilda's lineage was highly significant, both in terms of how she saw herself and also the lustre this added to her marriage…”
"18.03.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com 7 surprising Ancient Rome facts Our fascination with Ancient Rome has inspired a glut of books, documentaries, movies and even games. But, writer Jem Duducu points out, our focus tends primarily to centre on just one period… “Romans and Italians were never the same thing. It's just that the Roman city state was more aggressive, with a better army, or luckier than the other kingdoms of Italy…”
"18.03.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Elizabeth II and her prime ministers She laughed with Churchill, was 'correct but cool' with Heath and declined the offer to call Blair 'Tony'… “They enjoyed their weekly meetings, laughed a lot, and bonded over a shared interest in horses and racing…”
"18.03.2017 12:30:33" historyextra.com Mary, Queen of Scots: what happened to her ladies-in-waiting? They witnessed first-hand the most eventful periods in Mary Stuart's life, accompanying her everywhere and enjoying the lavish court entertainments so important to 16th-century monarchy… “The four Marys went everywhere with the queen, even accompanying her to parliament in 1563…”
"17.03.2017 16:30:56" historyextra.com History quiz - castles and computers How will you fare in this week's history quiz? After the death of John Crichton-Stuart in 1947, his family gave Cardiff Castle to the city, effectively ending the family's long historic ties with Cardiff. What was his aristocratic title?
"17.03.2017 15:55:31" 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... “The teenage queen, Lady Jane Grey, has been mythologised, even fetishised, as the innocent victim of adult ambition…”
"17.03.2017 13:01:20" historyextra.com 6 royal births that changed the world (or could have) Author and historian Amy Licence explores royal babies through history, and the unusual circumstances of their arrivals… “Had Elizabeth been born a boy, it seems unlikely that Henry would have allowed Anne's fall…”
"17.03.2017 12:30:40" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about the bloody eastern front in 1914 The fighting that raged in the east during the First World War was just as fierce as that on the western front, but – according to historian Dr Prit Buttar – the battles between Russia, Austria-Hungary and Germany do not hold the same recognition… “No nation was prepared for casualties on this scale…”
"17.03.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com The history of Ireland: 11 milestone moments On Saint Patrick's Day, we share 11 key events in the history of Ireland as selected by Neil Hegarty, from the arrival of Christianity to the Good Friday Agreement... “Ireland has reached out to influence the world: playing a part in Europe's bitter power struggles; influencing the evolution of British parliamentary democracy; and helping to shape the growth of the United States into a global superpower…”
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"16.03.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com Utopias in history and an environmental disaster Rutger Bregman explores past attempts to create a better society, while Julian May explains what happened when a huge oil tanker ran aground off the British coast in 1967 “Suddenly there was a strange noise and these Buccaneer bombers flew very low and they were on their way to bomb the ship. I could actually hear the bombs going off…”
"16.03.2017 15:30:33" historyextra.com The secret intimacies of Edward IV: multiple marriages and a same-sex affair? King Edward IV is remembered by many for his role in the Wars of the Roses, the 30-year struggle between the Houses of Lancaster and York for the English throne, and for his relationship with Elizabeth Woodville… “About 18 months after his secret marriage with Eleanor, Edward encountered one of her first cousins, who may well have shared Eleanor's good looks, and who also, it seems, attracted the king. The cousin in question was Henry Beaufort, Duke of Somerset…”
"16.03.2017 13:56:03" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about First World War uniforms The camouflage uniform donned by soldiers during the First World War is, to many, instantly recognisable, but how much do you really know about the garments? “What started as a response to small gaps in uniform supply became a mass knitting frenzy, which made the government very nervous about the colourful, quirky garments reaching soldiers at the front…”
"16.03.2017 12:33:00" historyextra.com The lost heirs of Henry VIII: Alison Weir on 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… “Katherine had already adopted the pomegranate – a symbol of fertility since ancient times – as her personal badge, and it seemed prescient, for she conceived almost immediately…”
"15.03.2017 16:30:00" Do you have a burning historical question? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it in the mag…
"15.03.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com From bats and brawls to new links between colonies: the origins of Australian cricket On the 140th anniversary of the first recognised cricket test match, played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between Australia and England (and which Australia won by 45 runs), Oxford historian Dr Benjamin Mountford explores the roots of… On this day in 1877, England and Australia began play in the first ever cricket test match…
"15.03.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com From the 'green-eyed monster' to 'a stiff upper lip': the evolution of the English language Throughout history, thousands of words have been adopted from around the world into the English vocabulary. Writing for History Extra, Charlie Haylock takes us on a tour of the historical origins… “'Inkhorn' was the term for an inkwell made out of a small horn and became a nickname for the new words being created by playwrights and poets…”
"15.03.2017 13:35:00" historyextra.com How England rode the Viking storm Ryan Lavelle, historical advisor on the Anglo-Saxon drama The Last Kingdom, argues that Alfred the Great's relationship with the Danes was defined by compromise… “During the later part of the ninth century, the West Saxon kingdom was defined by its difference to the Danish-held territories – and the need to defend themselves against the Danish threat drove much of the West Saxons' policy forward…”
"15.03.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com The death of Caesar: do we know the whole story? For centuries we've been told that two Roman senators called Brutus and Cassius masterminded the plot to butcher Julius Caesar on the Ides of March. But is that the whole story? “It was the morning of 15 March 44 BC – the Ides, as the Romans called the approximate middle of each month: the Ides of March. The Senate was in session that day…”
"15.03.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com Bosoms, sewing kits and inflatable dummies: 8 audacious tricks the American ghost army used to... During the Second World War, US Army planners set out to create a top-secret unit capable of conning the Germans on the battlefields of Europe… “At night, the Ghost Army would use improvised flash canisters to mimic the firing of the artillery in order to draw fire away from American artillery batteries…”
"14.03.2017 16:30:52" historyextra.com 5 things you (probably) didn't know about Henry VIII He is largely remembered as a bully who executed his opponents, oversaw the destruction of religious buildings and works of art, and killed off two of his six wives. But is this image wholly accurate? “Despite the popular image of Henry VIII throwing a chicken leg over his shoulder as he devoured one of his many feasts, he was in fact a fastidious eater…”
"14.03.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Nazi super-cows and defamed Gods: 7 strange and forgotten moments in history History is full of weird and wonderful happenings. But, argues Jem Duducu, often the most intriguing tales are forgotten and fall away into obscurity… “The church is the pinnacle of late antiquity architecture and a sign that the early Byzantine Empire was every bit the match of the fallen Western Roman one…”
"14.03.2017 15:06:00" historyextra.com Bribes, gifts and scandal: 7 stories of corruption that shocked Britain From the acceptance of bribes to tax evasion, claims of corruption and scandal have featured heavily in recent news. But we mustn't forget that corrupt systems and the unscrupulous individuals who exploit them are not a phenomenon of modern life… Upon receiving one of his first bribes, Pepys did not open the package in which the money was contained until he returned home “and there I broke it open, not looking into it till all the money was out…”
"14.03.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com Mutiny at sea: the forgotten story of murder and brutality aboard HMS Wager It is one of the most barbaric disasters in the Royal Navy's history – an 18th-century tale of violence, starvation and drowning… “Compared to the Bounty mutiny, it is practically unknown. But it exceeds the Bounty story in its violence of human relationships…"
"14.03.2017 12:45:00" historyextra.com Everest: on top of the world Not only was the 1953 first ascent of Mount Everest a pinnacle of human achievement, it was also immortalised by the brilliant photography of expedition member George Lowe… “No member of the team had remembered to bring a Union Jack to Nepal, so the flag flown by Tenzing was liberated from the ambassador's car at the British embassy in Kathmandu…”
"13.03.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com 6 things you (probably) didn't know about Cleopatra She is one of best-known women in history, famed for her supposed beauty and intellect, and her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony… “Cleopatra took control of the way she appeared, coming across differently according to political need…”
"13.03.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com In profile: the British princess who scandalised the royal family Her divorce in 1901 sparked outrage among the royal families of Europe, and her subsequent marriage to her Russian first cousin saw her exiled to Paris and later Finland. Now, Princess Victoria Melita “Queen Victoria, always planning advantageous marriages for her grandchildren, thought the Romanovs too foreign for consideration…”
"13.03.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com The Tudor guide to colonising the world Cannibalism, plunder, starvation and murder - they all appear in an epic Tudor account of English voyages of discovery, compiled by a man who rarely left the country… “'The Principal Navigations' is a publication of fundamental importance to the emergence of England as a colonial power…”
"13.03.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com 10 medieval dates you need to know Don't know the battle of Bosworth from the battle of Bannockburn? Confused between Magna Carta and Domesday Book? We've got you covered… "Harold's English troops numbered around 5,000, compared to a well-equipped Norman force of 15,000 infantry, archers and cavalry…"
"13.03.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com A brief history of how we fell in love with caffeine and chocolate Cups of coffee, tea, and hot chocolate have become mainstays of the modern British diet, dispensed in outlets in every high street and enjoyed in the home or during breaks at work “A 'lick of chocolate', Wadsworth claimed, not only helped women to get pregnant but, nine months later, eased the pains and length of childbirth…”
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"12.03.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com Hitler's jazz band: how the Nazis used swing as propaganda The Nazis despised jazz, but were happy to harness its 'degenerate' appeal for propaganda purposes… “Charlie's musicians worked five days a week, performing 'propaganda swing' in the mornings and Nazi-approved songs for domestic audiences in the afternoon…”
"12.03.2017 15:30:00" 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… “Discipline was harsh on a Tudor ship. Rules and punishment were still based on the old 'Laws of Oléron' – written on parchment, and nailed to the mast…”
"12.03.2017 14:30:00" 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 popular view of Magna Carta largely derives from the ways in which it was mythicised during 17th-century conflicts..."
"12.03.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com A virtuous Viking: the medieval legend of Havelok the Dane Many regions of England are fascinated by their Viking heritage, and that was as true in the medieval period as it is today. Here, Dr Eleanor Parker from the University of Oxford explores one particular popular viking legend… “He is almost comically unlike the stereotype of a Viking: he is cheerful, patient, good-tempered, and gentle to women and children…”
"11.03.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com Your 60-second guide to the Black Death Tom Beaumont James sums up the need-to-know facts about the Black Death of 1348-50... "One observer noted: 'the living were scarcely sufficient to bury the dead'..."
"11.03.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com 10 historical superstitions we carry on today We may think that we have outgrown beliefs in evil spirits and lucky amulets, but many of us are still practising some of the superstitions of our medieval ancestors, without even knowing it... "Unmarried medieval men fought for the bride's garter to ensure they would be next to find a fertile wife. Bachelors even mobbed the bride as she stood at the altar..."
"10.03.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com History quiz – V Force and Roman resorts How will you fare in this week's history quiz? Britain's Cold War 'V Force' was comprised of three different squadrons of strategic bombers: the Vulcan, the Victor and the…?
"10.03.2017 15:30:00" 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. “The Vikings were not the ignorant and illiterate barbarians that Christian writers of the time believed them to be…”
"10.03.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com Harriet Tubman and the 'Underground Railroad' After her daring escape from slavery in 1849, Harriet Tubman risked her own safety to help guide around 70 friends and family to freedom using a secret network of slaves and abolitionist sympathisers... On Harriet Tubman Day, we look back on her remarkable life, which saw her escape slavery and later become a leading abolitionist...
"10.03.2017 13:00:00" 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. This article was “Charles failed to let others take the blame when things went wrong – a trait we might find admirable today, but which was disastrous in a personal monarchy…”
"10.03.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about Henry V and the battle of Agincourt He is one of England's most popular kings, famed for leading England to victory at the battle of Agincourt. Yet surprisingly little is known about Henry V... "As the battle progressed the pile of bodies rose higher. Any who were wounded or simply knocked over were crushed beneath the weight of those coming behind..."
"10.03.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com 8 British mythical figures Eugene Byrne explores the tales of eight of Britain's most famous mythical figures… “The real Richard Whittington probably came from Pauntley in Gloucestershire and did make his way to London…”
"09.03.2017 16:40:00" historyextra.com Postwar occupations and Raleigh bicycles Susan L Carruthers tells the story of American forces in Germany and Japan after World War Two, while Steve Humphries previews his new BBC Four documentary Pedalling Dreams “I think that for better or worse, Raleigh will always be associated with the golden age of the British bicycle…”
"09.03.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com The quest for the Loch Ness Monster Their critics told them "to give up eels and turn to God". Yet, from the 1930s, that didn't stop a number of world-renowned scientists embarking on a hunt for Nessie… “The search strategy included RAF-surplus searchlights, massive photoreconnaissance telephoto lenses, a bright yellow mini-submarine…”
"09.03.2017 14:34:48" historyextra.com Charlemagne: creating the myth In the later Middle Ages, England found itself entangled in a long and bitter war with France. So why did English writers choose to celebrate the story of a king of the Franks? "English nation-building often involved the appropriation of French culture..."
"09.03.2017 13:00:00" 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 I married Josephine on this day in 1796…
"09.03.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com 5 fascinating Celtic myths Tales of monsters, Gods, spells and love affairs: Celtic myths reflected the social thinking and traditions of pre-Roman Celts of Britain, Ireland and Europe... "Celtic characters and symbols can even be found in contemporary popular culture series such as Star Wars and Harry Potter..."
"08.03.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com What was the werewolf myth in Ancient Rome? Dr Miles Russell investigates... "The idea of the human/wolf hybrid was ingrained in the Roman psyche from an early date…"
"08.03.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Kings and Queens in profile: Queen Anne As part of our Kings and Queens series, James Anderson Winn tells you everything you need to know about Queen Anne, the last of the Stuart monarchs... Anne became queen on this day in 1702...
"08.03.2017 13:00:01" historyextra.com The Celts: unpicking the mystery Swathed in myths and legends, the Celts – far from being a singular mass of 'barbarians' – were made up of diverse, distinct groups who battled numerous threats… "The Celts were intensely independent and tribal. Even within Britain, a host of separate and distinct tribes zealously guarded their ancestral territories…"
"08.03.2017 12:00:01" historyextra.com Sexy shoes: 5 things our footwear has said about us through history Shoes have, through history, revealed much about the wearer – from their social status to their sexual appetite… "The Tudor 'footbag' was characterised by very wide toes. The shoe's girth was an indicator of status: note the impressively wide shoes worn by Henry VIII..."
"08.03.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com 5 female trailblazers from history Historian Amanda Foreman talks to Charlotte Hodgman about five female trailblazers through history... Happy International Women's Day!
"07.03.2017 16:30:01" historyextra.com The Persian empire: myth vs reality Thomas Harrison sets the record straight on some of the many misconceptions that have grown around a powerhouse of the ancient world... "The Persian king liked to present himself as a kind of global policeman, sorting out the squabbles of other peoples..."
"07.03.2017 15:30:27" historyextra.com Edward VIII: a king at war with his country Stephen Bates reveals how Edward VIII's obsession with American divorcee Wallis Simpson set him on a collision course with the government, his brother and the British public.. "Edward was infatuated. In 1934, his equerry John Aird wrote: 'The prince follows W around like a dog'..."
"07.03.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com The myths of the battle of Gallipoli A century after the disastrous campaign in the Dardanelles, Gary Sheffield challenges some commonly held assumptions about this failed attempt to change the course of the First World War... “It is still believed by many that Churchill had produced a strategic masterstroke that was only let down by the poor execution of naval and military commanders…”
"07.03.2017 12:00:00" 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… “Robin (or Robert) Hood (aka Hod or Hude) was a nickname given to petty criminals from at least the middle of the 13th century…”
"06.03.2017 16:30:01" historyextra.com Q &A: Was Captain Bligh hated by the crew of the Bounty? There are a lot of things wrong with the popular view of Captain Bligh… “Bligh wasn't even a captain during the famous 1789 Bounty voyage…”
"06.03.2017 15:52:36" historyextra.com The legend of Thomas Crapper Thomas Crapper is remembered as 'the inventor of the flushing toilet'. But how much of what we think we know about Crapper is true? Robert Hume examines five persistent myths… “It has been widely assumed that the story of Thomas Crapper is the humorous invention of a satirical writer…”
"06.03.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com The truth behind 10 historical mysteries History is full of dramatic tales that are well known and oft repeated. But what if some of the most famous – the cases of Dr Crippen, Joan of Arc, or Jack the Ripper – were not quite as w “Though searches began only an hour after Earhart's last recorded message, nothing was ever found, and her fate remains one of the greatest historical mysteries…”
"06.03.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com The brutal brilliance of Genghis Khan Yes, he was a ruthless killer but, argues Frank McLynn, the Mongol leader was also one of the most gifted military innovators of any age... "The Mongol empire covered 12 million contiguous square miles – an area as large as Africa..."
"06.03.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com 8 things you (probably) didn't know about the King Arthur myth The legend of King Arthur, a fifth-century warrior who supposedly led the fight against Saxon invaders, continues to fascinate today... "If Arthur existed at all, he would not have been a king, but the commander of an elite force of fighting men..."
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"05.03.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com The King and his castle: how Henry II rebuilt his reputation Henry II spent vast sums making Dover Castle the mightiest fortress in the land. Yet, as John Gillingham argues, he did so not to protect his realm but to save face following the murder of Thomas Beck… "During the last ten years of his reign Henry oversaw the rebuilding of Dover Castle on such a scale as to turn it into the greatest fortress in western Europe…"
"05.03.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com Churchill's greatest speeches Winston Churchill delivered some of the most impassioned, articulate and inspirational speeches you're ever likely to hear... Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech on this day in 1946...
"05.03.2017 14:30:00" 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 a shadowy one… “It was more profitable to break up a body than to sell it complete…”
"04.03.2017 15:30:00" 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 21st century has taught us to distrust images. Every portrait – paint as much as photography – is posed for a purpose..."
"04.03.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com A history of British sport On 6 May 1954, Roger Bannister broke the world mile record and the four-minute barrier at the Iffley Road Track in Oxford, completing the distance in 3 mins 59.4 seconds… “Hungary's 6-3 rout of England at Wembley in 1953 had as much of an impact on the national sporting psyche as the 1956 Suez Crisis did on British politics…”
"04.03.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com Matilda, daughter of Henry I: A queen in a king's world Historian Helen Castor explores how Matilda, daughter of Henry I, came tantalisingly close to becoming England's first female 'king'... "When Matilda tried to command her subjects with her new royal authority, she was condemned as unfemininely wilful and unnaturally domineering..."
"03.03.2017 17:30:00" We want your thoughts! What do you think was history's greatest mistake and why? (We may print comments)
"03.03.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com History quiz – medieval battles and Mary Anning How will you fare in this week's quiz? What was Mary Anning (1799-1847) famous for?
"03.03.2017 15:37:00" historyextra.com Viceroy's House: the history behind the film In 1947, British colonial rule in India came to an end, and the country was split into two separate nations. Now a major new film, Viceroy's House, reflects on the tumultuous event... "Partition was a monumental moment in history, but lots of people around the world don't know about it.."
"03.03.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com A brief history of camouflage From 19th-century studies on animal disguises to fashionable khaki on today's catwalks, camouflage has a long and varied history… “Military khaki (the term derives from the Urdu and Persian words for 'dust') arose in the mid-19th century, as soldiers in the British Indian Army began dyeing their white uniforms with tea and curry…”
"03.03.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com In focus: the forgotten WW1 Bonus Army In the spring and summer of 1932, against a backdrop of record unemployment and mass starvation, more than 20,000 jobless First World War veterans and their families marched to Washington DC… “To those in power, the Bonus Marchers represented not an organised protest of starving patriots with a very specific agenda, but the threat of an imminent communist takeover…”
"03.03.2017 12:00:01" historyextra.com Game of Thrones: medieval inspiration From warrior eunuchs to shadowy assassins, Carolyne Larrington introduces some of the remarkable medieval people whose lives are reflected in the all-conquering fantasy drama... "One medieval woman who defied all the odds was Queen Margareta I who – in a truly remarkable life – united the kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden..."
"03.03.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com Kings and Queens in profile: Edward IV Late medieval and early Tudor historian Amy Licence tells you everything you need to know about Edward IV, the first Yorkist King of England Edward IV was proclaimed king of England on this day in 1461…
"02.03.2017 16:30:01" historyextra.com The golden age of murder: Agatha Christie and the Detection Club Almost everyone has heard of crime novelist Agatha Christie, and many have likely come across the term 'the golden age of detective fiction'. “The Detection Club was a social network for novelists long before the days of Facebook and Twitter, with membership strictly limited to the most gifted writers…”
"02.03.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com The Reformation Professor Eamon Duffy joins us to discuss some of the big questions of the Reformation... "There was a price tag on religion – it was about secular power as well as theology..."
"02.03.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com What did Jane Austen really look like? In 2017 an image of Jane Austen will appear for the first time on British currency – but with just one authenticated image of the great writer, how do we know what she really looked like? “In the 200 years since Austen's death in July 1817, images purporting to be of her have been made-over, touched up, sexed-up and prettified in order to advertise everything from books and alcohol, to magazines and cosmetics…”
"02.03.2017 13:30:01" historyextra.com 7 (more) surprising facts about the history of medicine From ancient enemas to tapeworm doctors, Caroline Rance shares seven remarkable moments from medicine's unpredictable, shocking and frequently gory history… “Some tapeworm specialists were showmen, impressing the punters by displaying preserved 'worms' of enormous length…”
"02.03.2017 12:00:01" historyextra.com Q&A: Have twins ever been in line for the English throne? In that eventuality, how would it be decided which should become monarch? "Twins were rare in history, chiefly because medical science couldn't cope with the complications of a twin pregnancy..."
"01.03.2017 15:29:37" historyextra.com The last Welsh Prince of Wales Over six centuries after Owain Glyndwr's death, Huw Pryce looks at the national hero who sought a brighter future for his country byrising up against English rule... "The English authorities, and later English historians, branded the prince a rebel and a traitor..."
"01.03.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com In pictures: Navy women in the world wars Here, we take a look back at the trailblazing work of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) during the First and Second World Wars, in pictures… "During the Second World War, women had the opportunity to become radio and air mechanics, torpedo-women and boat crew..."
"01.03.2017 13:00:02" 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... “In the years after the abolition of slavery in 1834, the families who had made their fortunes from sugar and slaves completed this historical disappearing act by covering up the incriminating chapters of their own dynastic histories…”
"01.03.2017 12:00:05" historyextra.com 8 historical events that happened in March From the Great Escape to the opening of the Eiffel Tower, Dominic Sandbrook highlights 8 notable events that took place in March in history... "By the time the Germans realised the prisoners were getting out, 76 men had crawled to freedom..."
"01.03.2017 11:03:00" historyextra.com 19 things you didn't know about St David and his day On 1 March Wales and the wider world will pay homage to St David, the celebrated patron saint. But how much do we actually know about him? "After his 1284 military campaign in Wales, English king Edward I took the head and arm of St David from the cathedral and displayed the remains in London…"
"28.02.2017 16:30:00" 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 Anne Boleyn was sent to the block... "Her death is so familiar to us that it is hard to imagine how shocking it would have been: the queen of England executed on charges of adultery, incest and conspiring the king's death..."
"28.02.2017 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? Mary Beard reveals the secret that lay behind t “There is no sign that the early Romans had any concerted plan to gain an empire,” says Mary Beard…
"28.02.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com 1066: Eight days that rocked England In the 12 months after the death of King Edward the Confessor, England became a battleground contested by Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Norman rivals. Alex Burghart outlines the key flash points in a turbulent year of invasions… "Edward the Confessor's death opened the doors to chaos, with two major claimants vying for the English throne…"
"28.02.2017 13:00:04" historyextra.com The young Elizabeth II: life before she was Queen From her unconventional education and involvement in the war effort, to the crisis that brought her to the throne, Kate Williams charts the early years and upbringing of Elizabeth II... "The 10-year-old Elizabeth was writing up notes from her swimming lesson when she heard the news – her uncle had abdicated and her father was king..."
"28.02.2017 12:30:01" historyextra.com The delightfully dysfunctional Georgians The Tudors might steal the limelight, but the reigns of Georges I and II were just as scandalous – and key to Britain's emergence as a global power – according to Lucy Worsley… “George I's notoriously poor relationship with his son was partly a clash of personality: he was as taciturn as his son was volatile and passionate…”
"28.02.2017 09:57:04" BBC History Magazine Our March issue is out now!
"27.02.2017 16:30:01" historyextra.com Was the burning of the Reichstag the Nazis' first crime? Portrayed by Hitler's cabinet as part of a Communist plot, the fire was exploited to secure President von Hindenburg's approval for an emergency decree... On this day in 1933, the German parliament building – the Reichstag – was set on fire. The event "paved the way for the Third Reich"...
"27.02.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com Top 11 monarchs in British history Andrew Gimson, author of 'Gimson's Kings and Queens: Brief Lives of the Monarchs Since 1066', selects his top 11 monarchs in English and British history... "Elizabeth I's reign developed into a love affair with her people..."
"27.02.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com The secret life of Mrs Beeton Kathryn Hughes takes ten pieces of advice from Mrs Beeton's 'Book of Household Management' and asks whether the domestic doyenne was speaking from experience… “Mrs Beeton gives precise instructions to the mistress of the house about how to deal with a whole fleet of servants…”
"27.02.2017 13:00:05" historyextra.com The historians' view: What does the future hold for the Labour party? Two historians examine the party's eventful past to offer their personal perspectives on its future... The Labour party was founded on this day in 1900...
"27.02.2017 11:00:02" historyextra.com 13 remarkable moments in the history of the Oscars We look back at some of the most important, unusual, remarkable and downright bizarre moments in the history of the Oscars... “Caught up in the excitement of the ceremony, Frank Capra heard Will Rogers, who presented the award, exclaim “Come on up and get it, Frank!” He duly ran up to the stage to claim his award, only to find that it was in fact Frank Lloyd who had won…”
"26.02.2017 16:30:01" historyextra.com Terrible choices people had to make during the Second World War Laurence Rees, whose book is based on interviews with people who faced terrible Second World War choices, asks what we can learn from these individuals' darkest hours. “Dilemmas were faced by people who were like us in many fundamental ways, and I believe we can thus learn more about ourselves by asking a simple question: “What would we have done?”
"26.02.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Shakespeare: 7 burning questions about his life Did Shakespeare grow tired of his wife? Why was he so wealthy? And which portraits of him can we trust? Here, Paul Edmondson asks some of the most pressing questions about Shakespeare's life... "Shakespeare's will includes numerous bequests that show that he died a wealthy man..."
"26.02.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com 12 things you (probably) didn't know about the Wars of the Roses The Wars of the Roses tore England apart and culminated in the death of Richard III at the battle of Bosworth in 1485... "The roots of these dynastic civil wars went much deeper than the usual timeframe suggests..."
"25.02.2017 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… “Carefully written and often beautifully illustrated, Books of the Dead would have been beyond the resources of the majority of people…”
"25.02.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Elizabeth I's war with England's Catholics England's Elizabethan Catholics were public enemy number one. Their Masses were banned and their priests were executed... Elizabeth I was excommunicated by the pope on this day in 1570...
"25.02.2017 12:00:04" 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'... Britain's first Anderson shelters – issued free of charge to families with incomes of less than £250 a year – were erected in Islington on this day in 1939...
"24.02.2017 17:00:03" historyextra.com Events | History Extra e 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 of the monarch who gave this era its This Saturday and Sunday, BBC History Magazine is heading to Bristol's M Shed for two days of talks from some of the biggest names in popular history.
The speakers will be delving into two of history's most fascinating periods: the Victorian era and
"24.02.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com Quiz - guns and cousins How will you fare in this week's history quiz? The famous Bren machine gun, a mainstay of the British forces from the 1930s to the 1990s, took its name from two sources. The 'en' came from Enfield, site of the Royal Small Arms Factory, but where did the 'Br' come from?
"24.02.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com Diana: the rebel princess Initially presented as the heir to the throne's dutiful, innocent bride, Diana transformed herself into an outspoken and controversial figure. Sarah Gristwood considers a short life lived in the the full glare of expectancy and speculation “Eyeing both the Princess of Wales and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York – and recalling the abdication of her brother-in-law Edward VIII over his relationship with the scorned Mrs Simpson – the Queen Mother is reported to have noted: 'It's Wallis all
"24.02.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com The world's deadliest sniper: Simo Häyhä With at least 505 confirmed kills during the Winter War of 1939–40, Simo Häyhä has been labelled the deadliest sniper in history. Here, Tapio Saarelainen explains how he achieved his nickname &l “During his 98-day reign of terror, Häyhä was unseen and unheard, yet was all the while targeting Russian soldiers with deadly accuracy…”
"24.02.2017 13:00:04" historyextra.com Fighting for freedom: the storming of the Bastille and the French Revolution The French Revolution of 1789 ushered in over half a century of civil insurrection in Europe, culminating in a second great year of revolutions in 1848... "Men leapt over rooftops to smash drawbridge chains, others dismantled cannon and hauled them by hand over barricades..."
"24.02.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com In pictures: fairytales through history From the magical to the macabre, fairytales have captivated children and adults alike for centuries. Here, we explore the history of fairytales in pictures… Wilhelm Grimm – of the Brothers Grimm – was born on this day in 1786...
"24.02.2017 11:00:01" historyextra.com Disney history: how has the corporation 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… “Some of the moral complexity of the past is sidelined in the search for a simpler and more comprehensible tale of 'heroes and villains'…”
"23.02.2017 16:30:34" historyextra.com A revolutionary engineer and Victoria's Indian confidant Julian Glover describes the life and remarkable career of Thomas Telford, while Shrabani Basu tells the story of Abdul Karim, who became Queen Victoria's close friend… “Everybody loved that 'good luck' story. It was part of his charm and his popularity. When he went to dinners in London, people would say: 'Do you know he began as a shepherd?' It made him special…”
"23.02.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com Did Britain doom the Lusitania? The torpedoing of the British liner Lusitania by a U-boat in May 1915 has long been damned as one of the most monstrous crimes of the First World War. “Watching through his periscope, Schwieger remembered 'an unusually heavy detonation' as the torpedo struck…”
"23.02.2017 14:30:43" historyextra.com War: the locomotive of history? The wars of the 20th century can be seen as a prime mover of history, argues Peter Clarke, author of The Locomotive of War: Money, Empire, Power and Guilt… “The Versailles Treaty in 1919 notoriously identified Germany as the guilty party, provoking resentments that fuelled the rise of Hitler. The fact is that guilt had long been a common thread in Anglo-American liberalism…”
"23.02.2017 13:30:06" historyextra.com Kings and Queens in profile: Queen Anne James Anderson tells you everything you need to know about Queen Anne, the last of the Stuart monarchs... "Anne is remembered for achieving the union of England and Scotland..."
"23.02.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com My history hero: Hugh Bonneville chooses Samuel Pepys Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) was a naval administrator but is best known for his celebrated diary in which he recorded notable events of the day… Samuel Pepys was born on this day in 1633…
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"22.02.2017 15:30:11" historyextra.com 8 things you (probably) didn't know about Richard the Lionheart If people in the streets of any European city today were asked to name one English king, many would probably answer 'Richard the Lionheart'... "Richard's formidable mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, was the only noble woman to whom he showed any consideration..."
"22.02.2017 14:30:04" historyextra.com The spy who loved Jamaica Ian Fleming was so enamoured of Jamaica that he set three James Bond novels there. Matthew Parker reveals how these books reflect the changes in the island-colony in the dying days of empire... "For Ian Fleming, there was much more to Jamaica than sun, sea and sand. Part of what first attracted him to the colony was its antique social structure..."
"22.02.2017 13:00:04" historyextra.com 9 of history's best quotes From Marie Antoinette's “Let them eat cake!” to Queen Victoria's “We are not amused”, history is full of memorable one-liners. But how accurately do we remember the “We are not amused” has perhaps had such sticking power because it is emblematic of the public image of Victoria in her later years – a po-faced, dumpy woman dressed in black…
"22.02.2017 12:00:01" historyextra.com Life of the Week: Andy Warhol Andy Warhol was one of the most renowned artists of the 20th century, and three decades after his death, his art continues to be celebrated... Andy Warhol died on this day in 1987...
"22.02.2017 11:00:02" historyextra.com The real King Arthur and his Lancelot: Henry the Young King and William Marshal Thomas Asbridge, author of a new biography of the famed knight William Marshal, explores a remarkable medieval friendship that echoed England's greatest legend... “Henry the Young King seemed assured of a glittering future when he was crowned king of England in Westminster Abbey on 14 June 1170…”
"21.02.2017 17:30:00" 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…
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
"21.02.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com In pictures: medieval life It was one of the most turbulent and transformative periods in history. But what was life like for ordinary people in the Middle Ages? “Faced with dwindling food supplies due to bad weather and poor harvests, people starved or barely survived on meagre rations like bark, berries and inferior corn and wheat damaged by mildew…”
"21.02.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com Everything you know about 17th-century London is wrong It is an era popularised by Guy Fawkes, the plague and the Great Fire of London. But, as author Matt Brown explains, much of what we think we know about the 17th century is incorrect... "Fawkes was not the ringleader of the Gunpowder Plot. He was merely the first to be captured, caught red-handed and alone in the gunpowder cellar..."
"21.02.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com A rail revolution: Dan Snow on the meteoric rise of British railways Dan Snow talks to Rob Attar about how the ground-breaking rise of the railways reshaped British society and ultimately undermined the empire... “This was one of the biggest building projects in history, more significant than the Great Wall of China, the Roman road system or the pyramids…”
"21.02.2017 13:00:01" historyextra.com “We die like brothers”: The sinking of the SS Mendi One hundred years after the sinking, Graham Scott of Wessex Archaeology, co-author of a new book We Die Like Brothers, shares the story of the tragedy and tells History Extra how the Mendi became a symbol of the fight for social justice and equality “In the early hours of 21 February 1917, the British steamship SS Mendi was struck by a larger British ship in thick fog and sank in the English Channel. On board were nearly 900 men…”
"21.02.2017 12:00:00" 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... Malcolm X was shot dead on this day in 1965...
"20.02.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com A history of Greek theatre in two acts According to Michael Scott, one theme above all dominated the performance of tragedies and comedies in democratic Athens: politics... "Ancient Greek drama dealt with everything from murder and incest to sex and sausages..."
"20.02.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com WW2 espionage: The spies who surprised me Sir Max Hastings' new book tells the story of espionage in the Second World War. Here he introduces some of the remarkable agents who captured his imagination… “Richard Sorge began his brilliant campaign to penetrate the German embassy in Tokyo in 1933 by befriending the Wehrmacht colonel who soon afterwards became Hitler's ambassador…”
"20.02.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com In pictures: The photographs of William Henry Fox Talbot More than 1,000 early Victorian photographic images captured by William Henry Fox Talbot, the British 'father of photography', have been made available to the public in a new catalogue… During his career, Talbot and his collaborators created more than 4,500 unique or distinct images…
"20.02.2017 13:00:04" historyextra.com Steps in time: Dancing through history Lucy Worsley explores how five influential dances made their marks on British society – from the courtship rituals of the 'Cushion dance' to the swagger of the Lambeth Walk... "The sight of male and female dancers clasped in each other's arms led many to condemn the waltz as depraved..."
"20.02.2017 12:00:01" historyextra.com Who was the real Edward VI? The Tudor boy king is often painted as a sickly puppet. But he may actually have been much like his father, Henry VIII... At the age of nine, Edward VI was crowned king of England on this day in 1547...
"19.02.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com The Victorians' surprisingly liberal attitude towards gay men Having sifted through more than 280,000 criminal cases at the National Archive at Kew, covering the 1850s through to the 1960s, historian Jeff Evans from Manchester Metropolitan University concludes the supposedly prudish Victorians… “The concept of gay men did not properly exist in Victorian England, for instance, because there were no established words to describe them…”
"19.02.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com How naughty was the past? The hidden depths of the medieval church Was the medieval world rife with satire or did these carvings and etchings hold deeper meanings? "From mooning grotesques to explicit carvings, tongue-in-cheek depictions were widespread in medieval churches.."
"19.02.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com 15 things you didn't know about fashion in the First World War It was a period of extraordinary upheaval, yet on both sides of the First World War – at home and on the front line – people gave consideration to the clothes they wore… “Knickers became standard issue for women's service uniforms – though sometimes the appropriate size was not taken into account…”
"18.02.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com The Third Reich's nuclear programme: Churchill's greatest wartime fear In the spring of 1940, one fear united the British and American leaders like no other: that Hitler's Germany might win the race to build the world's first atom bomb... Churchill later wrote: “We felt painfully the dangers of doing nothing. We could not run the mortal risk of being outstripped in this awful sphere...”
"18.02.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com History explorer: Life in the Victorian workhouse Dr Samantha Shave and Charlotte Hodgman visit Weaver Hall Museum in Cheshire, a former workhouse and place of last resort for the destitute... "Men, women and children were separated on arrival, partly as a means of maintaining order, but also to prevent what was often referred to as 'pauper breeding'...."
"18.02.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com Not such a prude after all: the secrets of Henry VIII's love life Despite having married six women and seduced countless more, Henry VIII is often depicted as something of a prude… “Henry preferred to keep his extramarital liaisons known only to a small circle of loyal intimates…”
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"17.02.2017 17:00:07" historyextra.com History quiz – sonnets and lovers How will you fare in this week's history quiz? Who wrote: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways/I love thee to the depth and breadth and height/My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight/For the ends of being and ideal grace”?
"17.02.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com The big questions of ancient Egypt From pyramids to mummies and Cleopatra to Tutankhamun, Egyptologist Joann Fletcher reveals the latest discoveries and controversies surrounding the ancient civilisation... "Cleopatra VII was born in Egypt, as were most of her predecessors, but was the first to learn the Egyptian language..."
"17.02.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com On the same side: homosexuals during the Second World War Stephen Bourne reveals some of the varied experiences of homosexuals who served in the armed forces during the Second World War... "In the armed services, same-sex relationships were court-martial offences, and servicemen could be kicked out if discovered..."
"17.02.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Hidden Figures: the incredible real history behind the film Revealing the inspirational untold story of female African-American mathematicians working at Nasa during the 1960s, Hidden Figures opens in UK cinemas today. “These women weren't just doing something that no African-American women had done before, but something that no-one of any race or gender had done before…”
"17.02.2017 13:00:10" historyextra.com 7 places that shaped the life of Richard III He was one of the most controversial kings of England. Now, a new book charts the many significant locations that influenced Richard III's life… “Richard walked barefoot under a canopy of green and red silk brocade interwoven with gold threads, with the Duke of Buckingham carrying his train…”
"17.02.2017 12:00:00" 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... "The Germans ridiculed mass breakouts, dismissing them as futile acts of bravado..."
"17.02.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com Love before Albert: Queen Victoria's suitors Who were the men who tried to win Victoria's hand in the earlier years of her life? “The dashing Grand Duke Alexander, who clearly was well versed in the arts of seduction, enchanted Victoria…”
"16.02.2017 17:30:00" historyextra.com The roots of modern rage Author and journalist Pankaj Mishra discusses his new book 'Age of Anger' with the historian Tom Holland... "One thing that our present age shares with the late 18th century is a distrust of the elites..."
"16.02.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com Georgian Britain: sex in high places Susan Law reveals how a series of sordid scandals involving some of the most powerful men in Georgian Britain led many people to question whether the nobility was fit to rule... “All the intimate details of the ardent love-letters read out in court, in which Sir Henry begged Harriet to leave her husband, recalling “every burning kiss” they had shared…”
"16.02.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com 13 weird historical facts History is full of curious facts. Here, author and journalist Eugene Byrne rounds up 13 of the most surprising… “He brought his wife to the final fitting, and she pronounced herself satisfied with the comfort of the velvet-covered steel contraption and joked with her husband that he mustn't lose the key…”
"16.02.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com Marrying for love: Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville Through his scandalous marriage to unlikely queen Elizabeth Woodville, Edward IV defied the expectation that he should use such a union as a diplomatic tool and instead prioritised love – or perhaps lust… “Five years older than her royal husband, Elizabeth Woodville was an unlikely queen…”
"16.02.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com Where the Black Death happened: 9 places connected to the plague The Black Death, which swept across Europe during the 14th century, was responsible for the death of more than one third of Britain's population... "As entire communities were wiped out, the populace was thrown into psychological crisis, viewing the plague as a mark of God's displeasure..."
"16.02.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com Revealed: the British First World War officer who married a nurse who wanted him dead Gravely wounded during the Third Battle of Ypres, Captain Harry Oldham from the West Yorkshire Regiment was condemned to death by an Irish nurse who mistook him for German spy... "Oldham found himself on an operating table in a military hospital, muttering in German..."
"15.02.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Scandalous weddings: 7 women who braved royal wrath by marrying for love For those in the higher echelons of Tudor society, a good marriage was one that brought about mutual prosperity and advancement in status, or strengthened alliances... "Despite the risk of ostracism, love occasionally triumphed, and women asserted themselves to marry lower-ranking husbands..."
"15.02.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com Queen Victoria's appetites From 'fancy breads' and haddock to whisky and mulled wine, Queen Victoria displayed a healthy enjoyment of food and drink throughout her life. Food historian Professor Rebecca Earle investigates... "Victoria's mammoth wedding cake (a slice of which recently sold at auction for £1,500) weighed nearly 300lb and measured three yards across..."
"15.02.2017 13:00:01" historyextra.com The Vikings at home Cameron Balbirnie looks beyond the common image of the savage, pagan plunderers from Scandinavia to discover who the Viking �invaders really were... “The aristocrats of Sweden had access to goods of unprecedented luxury…”
"15.02.2017 12:00:01" historyextra.com Napoleon's other wife Deborah Jay explores the life of Habsburg Archduchess Marie-Louise, who in 1810, at the age of just 18, left Vienna to marry Napoleon, emperor of France, previously her father's arch-enemy “Though personifying modesty and virtue, she was in awe of no one – which would be a great tonic to the emperor Napoleon I…”
"15.02.2017 11:00:01" 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... Queen Elizabeth I declared: “I like silk stockings so well that henceforth I will wear no more cloth stockings..."
"14.02.2017 16:30:01" historyextra.com When beans were the food of lust Four centuries ago, flatulent foods such as beans and chickpeas were hailed as a cure for a flagging libido. Jennifer Evans investigates our ancestors' passion for pulses... “One 16th-century medical treatise argued that when a man could not fulfil his marital duties 'windie meates are good for him'…”
"14.02.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com The Roman invasion: Whose side were the Britons on? Relations between the invaders and the Britons were more complex than we normally imagine. Did Britons really fight side by side with the Romans against their own people? “The Britons excelled at ambushes. They could launch spears and wield swords at full gallop, and even leap on and off chariots at speed...”
"14.02.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Lonely hearts and holiday flings: a history of dating From calling cards and corsets to 'the pill' and the sexual revolution, we have always found inventive ways to find and further love… 1897's 'Manners for Men' advised that men encountering female cyclists “help ladies as much as possible by pushing their machines up the hills for them”.
"14.02.2017 13:00:07" historyextra.com The A to Z of royal weddings From bridesmaids and kisses to dresses and embroidery, Tracy Borman takes a look at regal marriages through history… “Nerves famously got the better of Lady Diana Spencer when she muddled up the order of the names of her husband-to-be, calling him 'Philip Charles Arthur George'…”
"14.02.2017 12:00:04" historyextra.com A brief history of Valentine's Day cards Behind the commercialisation of Valentine's Day lies a fascinating history that can be traced back to ancient Rome. Cultural historian Anna Maria Barry investigates… "Less loved-up Victorians could buy 'Vinegar Valentines' – insulting cards that typically lampooned a man's profession or a woman's appearance..."
"13.02.2017 16:30:01" historyextra.com The historians' view: How noble is Europe's tradition of welcoming refugees? To what extent can Britain and Germany's responses to the migrant crisis be explained by similar episodes in the past? Two historians offer their perspectives... “Ministers and officials feared that the Jewish refugees would never leave, would take British jobs, arouse anti-Semitism in Britain and become a charge on the public purse…”
"13.02.2017 15:42:33" historyextra.com The Duke of Wellington and his 'Dearest Georgy' The Duke of Wellington has often been remembered by history as a humourless disciplinarian. However, his letters to Lady Georgiana Lennox reveal a playful side to the 'Iron Duke'... "The Duke of Wellington held many a wild house party. A favourite game was 'riding the coach', where ladies were raced around on rugs, dragged by male guests wearing harnesses..."
"13.02.2017 14:00:07" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about Henry V and the battle of Agincourt He is one of England's most popular kings, famed for leading England to victory at the battle of Agincourt. Yet surprisingly little is known about Henry V. This article was first published in A “In the course of the battle, he was shot in the face by an arrow that entered below his eye, missed both brain and spinal cord and stuck in the bone at the back of the skull…”
"13.02.2017 13:01:00" historyextra.com 9 eccentric monarchs through history From Nero to King George IV, historian Sean Lang rounds up nine of history's most outlandish rulers… "He is described as having enjoyed teasing the viziers, knocking off their turbans or pulling at their beards…"
"13.02.2017 12:00:11" historyextra.com The real reason Jane Austen never married Acknowledged as one of the greatest writers in the English language, Jane Austen's romantic novels are admired across the world… “Their infatuation blossomed over several weeks during one of the Austen family's regular summer breaks while they lived in Bath…”
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"13.02.2017 11:00:01" historyextra.com Medieval marriage: what were the customs, vows and ceremonies? "Legal records show people getting married on the road, down the pub, round at friends' houses or even in bed..."
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"12.02.2017 16:30:01" historyextra.com Deadly Rivals: Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots Elizabeth I's relationship with Mary, Queen of Scots dominated English and Scottish politics for 20 years. Anna Whitelock charts the two queens' stormy rivalry... “All their sisterly familiarity was ceased, and instead thereof nothing but jealousies, suspicions and hatred...”
"12.02.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Lincoln: The vote that saved America When Abraham Lincoln stood for re-election in November 1864 he knew that defeat could bring the civil war to a premature end and shatter his dreams of abolishing slavery… "Never in American history has there been a presidential election with such high stakes…”
"12.02.2017 14:30:01" 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 was born on this day in 1809...
"11.02.2017 15:30:01" Timeline Photos Have you visited Verona? What would you recommend to would-be travellers? (We may print comments)
"11.02.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com Did Henry VIII love his last wife Katherine Parr? Linda Porter looks at Henry VIII's often misunderstood relationship with his last wife, Katherine Parr, and questions whether it was, indeed, a case of true love… “The king showered her with jewels and beautiful clothes, entrusted the country to her regency while he fought the French one last time in 1544, and greatly hoped for children with her…”
"11.02.2017 13:00:07" historyextra.com Mandela: the 20th century's greatest leader? A panel of experts assess Nelson Mandela's life and legacy and discuss whether he can be considered the 20th century's greatest leader… Nelson Mandela was released from prison on this day in 1990…
"11.02.2017 12:00:12" 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... Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to lead the Conservative party on this day in 1975...
"10.02.2017 16:30:01" historyextra.com History quiz – saints, sabotage and pistols at dawn How will you fare in this week's history quiz? What was the cause of the duel fought between George Canning (foreign secretary), and Robert Stewart (secretary of state for war and the colonies) in 1809?
"10.02.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com History explorer: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Professor Jane Ridley and Charlotte Hodgman visit Osborne on the Isle of Wight, a former royal residence that offers a fascinating insight into the private lives of the royal couple... "The royal couple would sit beside one another at two desks, answering correspondence. These two desks, placed side by side, encapsulate the nature of Victoria and Albert's monarchy...”
"10.02.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com Margaret Douglas: The forgotten Tudor princess Lady of honour to Anne Boleyn, grandmother to a king: Margaret Douglas's life was intimately connected to the Tudor period. So why is she so little known? Alison Weir explores her story... "In an age of female inferiority, Margaret stands out as a feisty, intelligent character who operated effectively at the highest levels of power..."
"10.02.2017 13:00:10" 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… “Far from illiterate barbarians, the Vikings were some of the greatest naval engineers and travellers the world had seen…”
"10.02.2017 12:00:07" historyextra.com The history of student life: 7 things you didn't know From revelries to riots, British student life is filled with remarkable traditions and characters… The St Scholastica's Day riot – in which Oxford's students battled the town's locals – began on this day in 1355…
"10.02.2017 11:00:05" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about Scottish history Dr William Knox, author of 'Scottish History For Dummies', reveals 10 surprising Scottish history facts... "The Scots did best when they were underdogs. At the battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, for example, a vastly outnumbered Scottish army inflicted a devastating defeat on the English..."
"09.02.2017 16:30:01" historyextra.com The impact of war and a zoological institution Peter Clarke explores how conflict shaped the 20th century, while Isobel Charman describes the early years of London Zoo... "The zoo's very first animal was a vulture donated by an anatomist who had used it to eat the corpses he'd been working on..."
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"09.02.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com A brief history of human filth How did people deal with perspiration and other bodily odours in earlier centuries? Amanda Vickery reveals all... “To hide dirt, the boards of the dining room and most of the floors in the town were made of a brown colour,” noted an architect in Bath in 1749...
"09.02.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com The fall of France: Hitler's greatest gamble Laurence Rees, a former BBC filmmaker who specialises in the Second World War, considers why the German drive into France in 1940 was such a risk and why it stopped short at Dunkirk… "As the Germans attacked, several hundred thousand Allied troops on the beaches around Dunkirk still waited patiently to be rescued…"
"09.02.2017 13:30:01" historyextra.com The Tudor swimming guide: how we first learnt to swim The first visual handbook on how to swim was the brainchild of an eccentric 'crypto-Catholic'with a liking for controversy... "Digby advised learning to swim using water wings made of two inflated pigs' bladders..."
"09.02.2017 12:00:01" historyextra.com £3 in my pocket: the pioneering migrants who came to Britain from India in the 1950s Kavita Puri explores the stories of some of the pioneering migrants who arrived in Britain from the Indian subcontinent in the 1950s and 1960s... "Most of the interviewees had been born under the British Raj. They imagined England was full of palaces, and the streets were paved with gold. They were quite shocked when they arrived..."
"08.02.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com Medieval kebabs and pasta: 5 foods you (probably) didn't know were being eaten in the Middle Ages Our ancestors enjoyed a wide variety of cuisine, and were adventurous in their tastes, too... "One 14th-century manuscript includes a recipe for pasta: 'make therof thynne foyles as paper with a roller, drye it hard and seeth it in broth'..."
"08.02.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com History through the eyes of the working man Few books have had a greater impact on the way we consume history than EP Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class. David Priestland hails a work that dared to consider the lives of ordinary people... “The working class, like one of Dickens's heroes, attains maturity and a sense of itself as a fully-fledged 'adult' political force…”
"08.02.2017 13:00:01" historyextra.com The downfall of Mary, Queen of Scots The disaster that overtook the Scottish queen in the summer of 1567, resulting in the loss of her throne, has long been viewed as the outcome of an ill-advised love affair… Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded on this day in 1587…
"08.02.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com Your 60-second guide to the transatlantic slave trade TV drama Roots, a historical saga of how Kunta Kinte was transported to America as a slave, shocked and enthralled viewers in equal measure back in 1977. Now the series has been remade, and is airing on BBC Four… “At least 12.5 million Africans were trafficked across the Atlantic to work as slaves in the Americas…”
"08.02.2017 11:00:04" historyextra.com 10 things you need to know about the battle of Bosworth The battle of Bosworth, in which Richard III was killed, was the last significant clash of the Wars of the Roses. Here, Chris Skidmore MP, the author of Bosworth: The Birth of the Tudors, summari “Richard III's army, at around 15,000 men, was approximately three times the size of Henry Tudor's army at just 5,000 men…”
"07.02.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com 7 must-see Second World War films Rife with drama, tragedy and danger, the Second World War has inspired countless filmmakers across the world, generating a huge catalogue of action movies, thrillers and dramas... 'Hacksaw Ridge' is the latest Oscar contender to tackle the Second World War...
"07.02.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Thomas More: saint or sinner? History has left us two Thomas Mores – the flawless Catholic saint, and the cruel ogre, hellbent on burning Protestants… “More was born on Milk Street, Cheapside on 7 February 1478…”
"07.02.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com James Sadler: From pastry cook to first English aeronaut How did a Georgian pastry cook become the unlikely first Englishman ever to fly in 1784? Mark J Davies explores the aeronautical adventures of James Sadler... “There is not a better chemist or mechanic in the universe, yet he can hardly speak a word of grammar”, a contemporary wrote of Sadler...
"07.02.2017 13:00:13" historyextra.com Ancient Rome in crisis After 250 years of stability, the third century AD saw the Roman empire descend into an era of chaos – and, says Harry Sidebottom, its rulers only had themselves to blame... "The rebels called out, urging their comrades in arms to abandon the 'timid little boy tied to his mother's apron strings'..."
"07.02.2017 12:00:03" historyextra.com D-Day: a resounding success for the Allies It's time to silence the D-Day doubters, says James Holland, because the Normandy campaign was a resounding success for the Allies… “Allied planning for the Normandy campaign was meticulous, involving an astonishing degree of co-operation between Britain and the US…”
"06.02.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com Eva Braun: Life with Hitler Eva Braun had a 14‑year relationship with Hitler. Was she little more than a bystander, or a key player in the Nazi regime? Eva Braun was born on this day in 1912...
"06.02.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Invention or adaptation: 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&helli “At the peak of the Roman empire there were 29 military highways radiating from the capital, with 113 provinces interconnected by 372 roads…”
"06.02.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com A king without a crown: James II's years in exile Deposed in the 'Glorious Revolution' of 1688, King James II of England and VII of Scotland was exiled to France and became the original 'king over the water'… “The last 12 years of his life – spent in exile in France and Ireland – have often been overlooked or treated as a disagreeable, and largely inexplicable, coda to his career as soldier, administrator and king…”
"06.02.2017 13:00:11" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about the Suffragettes Passionate about women's rights, in 1903 the suffragettes of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) split from the suffragists of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Society… The 1918 Representation of the People Act granted the vote to women over 30 – but only if they met minimum property qualifications or were married to a man who did…
"06.02.2017 12:00:03" historyextra.com 12 surprising facts about Queen Elizabeth II We bring you 12 surprising facts about the longest-reigning monarch in British history... Today, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her sapphire jubilee, marking 65 years on the throne...
"06.02.2017 11:00:03" historyextra.com History explorer: Blenheim Palace and Capability Brown Nige Tassell and Dr Sarah Rutherford visit Blenheim Palace to reflect on the great landscape architect Capability Brown... Landscape architect Capability Brown died on this day in 1783…
"05.02.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com The man who tried to assassinate Queen Victoria On 10 June 1840, unemployed Londoner Edward Oxford tried to shoot dead the pregnant Queen Victoria as she rode in an open carriage with her husband… “He made no effort to struggle nor to hide his attempt on the queen's life. 'It was I, it was me that did it,' he said, somewhat incoherently…”
"05.02.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com 6 myths about Richard III John Ashdown-Hill explores six common myths about the last Plantagenet king… "The characterisation of Richard as a 'usurper' is simply an example of how history is rewritten by the victors, in this case, Henry VII..."
"05.02.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com Sir Robert Peel and the 'moral authority' of the House of Commons Sir Robert Peel is known to history as the founder of the Conservative party. Twice prime minister, he remains one of the most fascinating and written about politicians… On this day in 1788, Sir Robert Peel was born…
"04.02.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com History's most surprising statistics Think numbers should be left to accountants? Think again. Eight historians share the most surprising statistics from their fields of expertise – from the Roman empire to WW2… "The humble statistic can give valuable, fascinating and preconception-busting insights into history..."
"04.02.2017 13:00:06" historyextra.com My history hero: Ken Follett chooses Rosa Parks Author Ken Follett chooses civil rights activist Rosa Parks (1913-2005) as his history hero... Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on this day in 1913...
"04.02.2017 12:00:04" historyextra.com In pictures: kings and queens through history From William I 'the Conqueror' to Queen Victoria, we round up some of history's most famous monarchs in pictures… “In the later years of her life, the dying queen used "gems and pearls" to divert attention from her decaying body…”
"03.02.2017 16:00:03" historyextra.com History quiz – engineers, explorers and Karl Marx How will you fare in this week's history quiz? Which German city was renamed Karl-Marx-Stadt in 1953?
"03.02.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com Q&A: When and where was the trebuchet invented? Like many premodern technologies, it is not known for sure when or where the first trebuchet appeared... “One side of the lever was forcefully brought to the ground, by pulling on ropes (traction trebuchets) or a weight (counterweight trebuchets)…”
"03.02.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com The history of rugby Ahead of the 2017 Six Nations competition, Julian Humphrys looks at the origins and early history of the sport... “In the 1820s, boys at Rugby began running with ball in hand…”
"03.02.2017 13:00:03" 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? “As well as muscle and stamina, gladiators needed a good layer of fat to protect them from cuts…”
"03.02.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com 1013: the year the vikings conquered England Sarah Foot traces Swein Forkbeard's incredible journey from foreign adventurer to first Viking king of England... Viking king of England Swein Forkbeard died on this day in 1014...
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"02.02.2017 17:30:00" historyextra.com The Russian revolution and myths of ancient Egypt Robert Service explores the downfall of tsar Nicholas II while John Romer discusses popular misconceptions about life in ancient Egypt “It would have taken an amazingly talented leader to rule Russia, keep the peace and reform Russia, without disintegrating Russia…”
"02.02.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com Nelson: 10 days that created a legend Admiral Lord Nelson's naval victories made him a British hero. Quintin Colville and James Davey pick out the moments in Nelson's life that propelled him to greatness... "When Nelson's right arm was shattered by a musket ball, his life may have been saved by his stepson, who staunched the bleeding using neckerchiefs as tourniquets..."
"02.02.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com The French ballerina who became wealthier than Queen Victoria In the winter of 1836, a young French ballerina arrived in London to dance at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane – she would become a favourite dancer of the age and later, the richest woman in England… “Alone on stage, castanets in her hands, wearing a pink satin dress trimmed with wide flounces of black lace, she added a provocative twist to the curious steps of the dance…”
"02.02.2017 13:30:47" historyextra.com Where history happened: Stephen and Matilda This little-known power struggle between competing claimants to the throne had consequences that reverberated through history. We visit eight places associated with the dispute... "The throne was hotly contested, with several different candidates asserting their claims to be the ruler of England..."
"02.02.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com 8 of Britain's best historic houses and gardens Britons have been building grand houses for centuries. Hudson's Historic Houses & Gardens suggests a trip through the ages, taking in 8 of the best – though not necessarily the best kn “At Mount Stuart, he created a neo-gothic fantasy house on the edge of the Firth of Clyde that was as innovative as it was extravagant…”
"02.02.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com History on film: Queen Victoria's funeral Joanna Bourke examines newsreel footage of Queen Victoria's 'remarkable' funeral procession in January 1901... "The possibility that Victoria might actually die seemed astonishing to many people..."
"01.02.2017 16:30:00" 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 wasn't the first Iron Age warrior queen to lead her people to war…”
"01.02.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com 10 ways to start a revolution Justin Pollard offers would-be revolutionaries some light-hearted advice on how to lead an uprising, using everyone from Lenin to a bunch of Dutch desperadoes as examples... “Keep your plans secret and remember: it's not over until the fat lady sings…”
"01.02.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com The great misconceptions of the First World War Eleven leading historians explode some major myths that have clouded our understanding of the Great War over the past 100 years... Germany resumed unrestricted submarine warfare on this day in 1917…
"01.02.2017 12:00:01" historyextra.com Q&A: Who were 'Stella' and 'Fanny'? Why did their trial cause such a stir in Victorian Britain? 'Stella' and 'Fanny' hit the headlines in 1871, as the defendants in a highly publicised court case...
"01.02.2017 11:00:02" historyextra.com The fear factor: gothic novels Angela Wright reveals how five Gothic novels – dark tales of violence, tyranny and supernatural revenge – reflected the anxieties of the age in which they were written… Mary Shelley, author of 'Frankenstein', died on this day in 1851…
"31.01.2017 16:30:01" historyextra.com Mary I: 8 facts about her life, death and legacy Mary I was known posthumously as 'Bloody Mary' for her persecution of Protestants. We bring you eight facts about the Tudor monarch… “A peculiar episode in Mary's reign was her phantom pregnancy of 1555…”
"31.01.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com February 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine out now! Featuring Oliver Cromwell, Isabella of Castile, the East India Company, medieval love tokens and the real Robin Hood... Our new issue is now on sale!
"31.01.2017 14:30:02" historyextra.com Queen Victoria's 50 inch drawers: Lucy Worsley delves into the royal wardrobe The Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection is jam-packed with thousands of extraordinary items of clothing, belonging to some of Britain's most memorable monarchs... "As a widow, Victoria refused to wear any colour other than black for her bodices and skirts. These were offset only by a white widow's cap, and white underwear threaded with black ribbons..."
"31.01.2017 13:30:01" historyextra.com Life of the Week: Guy Fawkes On 5 November 1605, Guy Fawkes and 12 other men plotted to blow up the House of Lords in London in the hope of killing the Protestant king, James I and VI… Guy Fawkes was executed on this day in 1606…
"31.01.2017 12:59:16" BBC History Magazine Our February 2017 issue is out now!
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"31.01.2017 12:00:01" historyextra.com Oliver Cromwell's shadowy queen Simon Guerrier investigates the mysterious life of Elizabeth Cromwell – the ordinary woman who became England's first lady in the 17th century... Oliver Cromwell wrote to his wife Elizabeth: "Thou art dearer to me than any creature..."
"31.01.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com 5 things you (probably) didn't know about the Dark Ages Far from 'dark', the early medieval period saw religious diversity and the invention of new forms of art. Dr Janina Ramirez, art and cultural historian, shares 5 facts… “The 'scop' or minstrel could recite a single epic over many days, indicating hugely sophisticated mental retention…”
"30.01.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com A murder of crows: 10 collective nouns you didn't realise originate from the Middle Ages From a 'pride of lions' to a 'misbelief of painters', many of the terms we use every day have roots in the distant past, specifically, the medieval period... Collective nouns are one of the most charming oddities of the English language. But have you ever wondered where these peculiar terms actually came from?
"30.01.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com Britain's 10 best palaces Steeped in history, Britain's palaces have been the backdrop to royal births, marriages and even murders. Here we round up 10 of the most remarkable... "Virginia Courtauld even had a specially designed suite of rooms installed – with jungle murals and central heating – for her pet lemur..."
"30.01.2017 13:00:03" historyextra.com Medieval immigrants: moving to England in the Middle Ages Mark Ormrod looks back at the thousands of foreigners who poured into England in the Middle Ages and examines the kind of reception they got from the natives… “It is only in recent years, with the free movement of people within the European Community, that we have begun to consider the possibility that immigration was a constant reality in pre-modern England…”
"30.01.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com Hitler at Home: the houses designed to portray the führer as a morally upstanding man In the years leading up to the Second World War, media depictions of Adolf Hitler at home – reading, walking his dogs and enjoying fine artwork – were used by the Nazi regime to create a favourable public image of the führer… "When we think of the stage sets of Hitler's political power, we are more likely to envision the Nuremberg Rally Grounds than his living room…"
"30.01.2017 11:10:00" 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… “This was the first time newsreel cameras had been allowed to follow a wedding party into the abbey itself – an omen, perhaps, of the modernising role Prince Philip would come to play within the royal family…”
"29.01.2017 15:00:05" 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… “As Victoria entered her teens, there were of course many other possible candidates in Europe for the hand of this, the most eligible royal bride…”
"29.01.2017 13:00:01" historyextra.com Sibling rivalry: Henry VIII, Richard III and other monarchs whose fate was determined by their brothers and sisters Historian Sarah Gristwood reveals how through history the role of second royal sibling (or second royal son, since gender continued to trump age right into the 21st century), has not always been easy. “At 18, the vibrant Henry was already the great hope of the Stuart dynasty. His brother Charles, by contrast, was a sickly 11-year-old considered unlikely to survive…”
"29.01.2017 12:00:01" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about Ancient Egypt The land of the pharaohs is famous for its huge pyramids, its bandaged mummies and its golden treasures. But how much do you really know about ancient Egypt? "Archaeological evidence suggests the Great Pyramid was not built by slaves..."
"28.01.2017 15:30:01" 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. But some stepped into the boxing ring in front of crowds that cheered for blood... "Savage though they were, the two females (we cannot call them women) punched each other till the blood ran down their faces and breasts," reported one contemporary...
"28.01.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com Henry VII: survivor and stabiliser He may not win many popularity contests but, says Steven Gunn, Henry VII set the blueprint for a dynasty that was to make England a global power... King Henry VII was born on this day in 1457...
"28.01.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com Your 60-second guide to Ypres Set in the bombed-out ruins of Ypres in 1916, BBC Two's The Wipers Times followed the true story of Captain Fred Roberts and Lieutenant Jack Pearson who, after discovering a printing press… “Relatively few soldiers would spend six weeks solid in any one part of the line except in the first year of the war…”
"27.01.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com History quiz - daughters and dukes Which English/British king's daughters included, among others, Princess Amelia, Princess Caroline and Princess Louise, the last later becoming Queen of Denmark and Norway? Which English/British king's daughters included, among others, Princess Amelia, Princess Caroline and Princess Louise, the last later becoming Queen of Denmark and Norway?
"27.01.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Who was Nellie Bly? In her heyday, Nellie Bly was possibly the most famous woman in America, but she has been largely forgotten… Elizabeth Jane Cochrane, who took the pen-name of Nellie Bly, died on this day in 1922…
"27.01.2017 14:00:01" historyextra.com Seeking eternity: 5,000 years of ancient Egyptian burial While the ancient Egyptians' hope for eternal life remained constant, their burial practices were ever-changing... "Spells were written on papyrus scrolls, shrouds and amulets for the wealthy to take with them to the afterlife..."
"27.01.2017 12:33:00" historyextra.com A prodigy in England: Lucy Worsley on Mozart's London odyssey In 1764, the eight-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his family arrived in London, a city that held the promise of unrivalled musical opportunity. However, the trip was far from a storming success… Mozart was born on this day in 1756…
"27.01.2017 11:30:01" historyextra.com The men who changed Henry VIII's underpants Anyone who harbours serious political ambitions in the England of 2016 must first become a member of parliament. Things were very different in 1516, during the reign of Henry VIII… "The Tudor path to power wasn't making speeches in the Commons; it was changing Henry VIII's underpants…"
"26.01.2017 16:30:01" Timeline Photos In our upcoming February issue, Giles Tremlett argues that Isabella of Castile was one of Europe's most significant queens.
Who do you think was history's greatest queen and why? (We may print comments)
"26.01.2017 15:34:00" historyextra.com The history of puzzles and Lady Anne Barnard Alex Bellos explores 2,000 years of puzzles, while Stephen Taylor investigates the extraordinary life an unconventional Georgian aristocrat... "Lady Anne was bright, scampish and something of a coquette..."
"26.01.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com 8 ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses that you (probably) didn't know about The ancient Egyptians worshipped at least 1,500 gods and goddesses. Some of these, such as the mummified god of the dead, Osiris, and the goddess of magical healing, Isis, are well known today… "The women of ancient Egypt regarded Taweret as a great comfort, as she was able to protect them during childbirth by scaring away the evil spirits who might harm either the mother or the baby…"
"26.01.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com How to send a letter in medieval England In the 15th century there was no official postal service, says Deborah Thorpe, so getting a letter from A to B involved a series of challenges... "Medieval England was a hazardous place for a letter to travel around – especially if it contained sensitive information..."
"26.01.2017 12:00:01" historyextra.com 10 dangers of Georgian London What was life like on the streets of 18th-century London? Lucy Inglis, historian and creator of the award-winning Georgian London blog, reveals 10 everyday hazards faced by Londoners in the 1700s… Edward Jenner, physician and pioneer of smallpox vaccine, died age on this day in 1823…
"26.01.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com The female 'kings' of ancient Egypt Cleopatra has become virtually synonymous with the term 'female pharaoh'. Yet, as Joann Fletcher reveals, she was merely the culmination of three millennia of women rulers... "Women held titles ranging from doctor, guard and judge to treasurer, vizier (prime minister) and viceroy..."
"25.01.2017 17:30:01" historyextra.com 8 things you (probably) didn't know about Richard the Lionheart Richard I is remembered for being a chivalrous king, battling Saladin during the Crusades, and for rebelling against his father... "In his whole reign, Richard spent no more than six months in England..."
"25.01.2017 16:30:01" historyextra.com Issue two of BBC World Histories out now! The February/March issue of BBC World Histories is now on sale! In our second issue, historians assess whether the Cold War ever really ended, explore the legacy of the 1917 Russian Revolution, and investigate the history behind today's conflict in Syria...
"25.01.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com The battle of the Bulge: Hitler's final gamble In 1944, the Nazis launched a huge counterattack in the west aimed at bringing the Allied advance on Germany to an abrupt halt... The battle of the Bulge ended on this day in 1945...
"25.01.2017 14:30:01" historyextra.com 7 things you (probably) didn't know about Robert Burns Famed as Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns penned many famous verses including 'Auld Lang Syne'… “While Burns himself often played up to this image of the 'simple bard / unbroke by rules of art', he was in fact a highly well-read and cultivated individual…”
"25.01.2017 13:23:15" 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… “Tutankhamun was not, however, the name by which his people knew him. Like all of Egypt's kings, Tutankhamun actually had five royal names…”
"25.01.2017 12:00:01" historyextra.com Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn: Suzannah Lipscomb dispels myths about the lovers who changed history They are two of history's most captivating figures, their romance-turned-tragedy known the world over. But what was the true nature of the relationship between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn? On this day in 1533, King Henry VIII married a pregnant Anne Boleyn in the king's private chapel at Whitehall…
"24.01.2017 14:00:00" historyextra.com The truth about ancient Egypt Tyrannical god-kings, feudal divisions, poisonings, treason – many of our� long-held beliefs about ancient Egypt are based on misunderstandings �and skewed interpretations, says John Romer… “The idea that pharaohs were worshipped as all-powerful gods, for instance, is just plain silly. Translated ancient Egyptian letters show us that the relationship between a pharaoh and his courtiers was very far from that between a god and his
"24.01.2017 13:00:00" historyextra.com How a speck of glitter triggered the California Gold Rush As part of our 'A big day in history' series, presenter and historian Dominic Sandbrook explores the events of 24 January 1848 when John Sutter's men noticed something that looke On this day in 1848, John Sutter's men noticed something that looked like glitter in the water on his land…
"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…
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"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 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...
"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…
"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?
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"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" 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 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 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..."