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"23.04.2017 11:30:00" historyextra.com St George's Day: 10 things you (probably) didn't know about him St George's Day is upon us once again, and interest surrounding the festival of England's primary patron saint shows no sign of abating... According to legend, St George killed a dragon, but what else do you know about him?
"22.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com A brief history of medieval magic From Narnia to Harry Potter, so many modern manifestations of magic come from the Middle Ages. Hetta Howes, who is writing a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London, investigates… “Sealskin could quite happily be used as a charm to repel lightning; vulture body parts could be used as a protective amulet…”
"22.04.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com Isabella of Castile: Europe's greatest queen? She was one half of a 15th-century power couple that united Spain and helped �propel the west towards global dominance. �Of all Europe' queens, argues Giles Tremlett, surely none had a greater… Isabella of Castile was born on this day in 1451…
"22.04.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com 8 weird pictures from the past A collection of strange yet enlightening photos, 'Retronaut: The Photographic Time-Machine' promises to challenge what we think we know about the past... From Stalin pulling faces to Ronald Reagan posing as a sculpture model, we look back at a few of history's most unexpected images...
"21.04.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com History quiz - wickets and warships How will you fare in this week's history quiz? “With the beard of a Goth or a Vandal/His bat hanging ready and free/His great hairy hands on the handle/And his menacing eyes upon me…” goes part of a comic poem celebrating the (only) time the author took a wicket from WG Grace. Who was the author?
"21.04.2017 14:30:00" 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... Henry VII died of tuberculosis on this day in 1509…
"21.04.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com Scandal, conspiracy and the affair of the poisons: inside the court of Louis XIV BBC Two's Versailles returns tonight for its second series, exploring the decadent and turbulent early reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Here, historian Lynn Wood Mollenauer considers the ambitious… “The affair not only exposed the activities of Paris's magical practitioners but also laid bare the ambitions of the aristocrats who frequented the Sun King's court…”
"21.04.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com My history hero: David Cannadine chooses John Maynard Keynes Historian Sir David Cannadine chooses John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), an economist whose ideas were hugely influential in Britain and Europe… Economist John Maynard Keynes died on this day in 1946...
"21.04.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com 12 surprising facts about Queen Elizabeth II We bring you 12 surprising facts about Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history... Queen Elizabeth II was born on this day on 1926…
"21.04.2017 10:00:00" historyextra.com 1945: The race for Berlin During the opening months of 1945 the Allies were engaged in a bitter dash to seize German territory… On this day in 1945, the Red Army entered the outskirts of Berlin…
"20.04.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Historical fiction and a US murder scandal Philippa Gregory reflects on her long career as a bestselling historical novelist, while David Grann investigates the killing of several Native Americans in the 1920s… “You end up with this kind of jigsaw puzzle of historical things that you need to know in order to tell the story really fully and vividly…”
"20.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com The real Alfred the Great King Alfred, the Anglo-Saxon ruler who famously beat back the Vikings, was a unique early �medieval monarch... "It appears that Alfred had an enquiring mind and a willingness to find original solutions for practical problems..."
"20.04.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com 'Their Finest' and the British films that inspired the home front during the Second World War Opening in UK cinemas on 21 April, Their Finest is a story inspired by the films made by British film companies during the Second World War to help raise morale on the home front… “The informational shorts that the Ministry of Information oversaw covered every subject imaginable, from the 'dig for victory' campaigns to shorts about carrier pigeons…”
"20.04.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com In bed with the Romans: a brief history of sex in Ancient Rome The sexual predilections of people in Ancient Rome and the debauchery of Roman emperors and their empresses are explored in a new book written by Paul Chrystal "Same-sex in Ancient Rome was considered fine for men (albeit with conditions), but same-sex between women was unconditionally execrated...."
"20.04.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com The long shadow of Adolf Hitler The Nazi leader was not the only monster of the 20th century – so why does he fascinate us more than any other despot? Professor Sir Ian Kershaw investigates... Adolf Hitler was born on this day in 1889...
"19.04.2017 16:00:00" Timeline Photos For 1 set-price, get all the back issues of BBC History Magazine that you don't already own & save up to 88%! Download & open the free app today to view your personal saving amount... Ends 30th April 2017. Available here: http://bit.ly/2oQKX0E
"19.04.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Robespierre: man of terror Robespierre is often cast as one of the bloodiest figures of the French Revolution. But has he been made a scapegoat for the sins of equally guilty men? Marisa Linton, who has a new book out on the re "His role in the deaths of fellow leading revolutionaries Georges Danton and Camille Desmoulins, both of whom had been his personal friends, did most to stain his reputation…"
"19.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Agincourt: medieval England's finest hour? Anne Curry considers whether Henry V's famous victory over the French really deserves its iconic status... “The real ace in Henry's hand was his corps of more than 7,000 archers. It wasn't long before they were raining down hell on their enemies…”
"19.04.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com The genius of the Celts Graham Robb, author of a new book on the Celtic peoples, argues that it's high time we challenged the Roman characterisation of the Celts as primitive hooligans with terrible table manners… “Some of their timber mansions were greater feats of engineering than any Greek or Roman temple…”
"19.04.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com Uncertainty and unrest: the madness of the Regency period In 1811, Prince George became the Regent in place of his insane father, George III. Yet beyond the romanticised world of Austen's novels was a time of unrest… "The Regency seems an altogether stranger time than we might think, haunted by the king's madness, shadowed by war, and wracked with uncertainty about the future..."
"19.04.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com The great British civil rights scandal: the Bristol bus boycott Three leading figures in 1963's Bristol bus boycott explain how their crusade changed the face of civil rights in Britain... “This was naked racism – a sign we had to take action..."
"18.04.2017 15:30:21" historyextra.com Religion in ancient Rome: what did they believe? From Jupiter to Venus, Romans worshipped and made sacrifices to a multitude of gods and goddesses, believing that these deities could influence their lives... "The Romans lived in a world crowded with divinities, and they communicated with them almost constantly..."
"18.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com The 'White Princess' 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... One report described Elizabeth as “a very handsome woman of great ability, and in conduct very able”…
"18.04.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com Emily Davison: the suffragette martyr In June 1913 Emily Davison was fatally injured after stepping in front of the king's horse during the Derby. Her death was a landmark event in British political history… “As a group of horses fast approached, Davison ducked under the railing and tried to grab the reins of the king's horse…”
"18.04.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com Life of the Week: Albert Einstein A century ago, Albert Einstein published a scientific theory that would revolutionise our knowledge of gravity, time and space Albert Einstein died on this day in 1955…
"18.04.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com 9 general election curiosities through history From rotten boroughs to 47-day elections, the electoral system has, through history, featured a number of quirks and unusual customs. Here, Dr Seán Lang investigates… “One voting qualification in the 19th century actually depended on owning a large cooking pot…”
"17.04.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com A brief history of tattoos While they remained associated with sailors, soldiers and the criminal underclass, by the late 19th century they were also popular with the well-to-do... "In the 1880s, the future King George V obtained a large dragon tattoo while serving with the Royal Navy..."
"17.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Phantasmagoria: creating the 'ghosts' of the Enlightenment The most popular form of visual entertainment before cinema, phantasmagoria specialised in thrilling audiences with macabre illusions created through trickery and science… “Audiences were welcomed in an environment filled with skulls, bones, and magical symbols; they were served some drugged punch and left in the dark…”
"17.04.2017 11:30:00" 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. Both are fallacies. �So who is the real, flesh-and-blood More? Thomas More was sent to the Tower of London on this day in 1534...
"16.04.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com A handbook to shopping in ancient Rome If you fancied some serious retail therapy in the ancient world then, as Claire Holleran reveals, the streets of Rome were the place to be... “Like most urban residents, the people of Rome relied on retailers to provide them with food, clothing and other goods…”
"16.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com 7 myths about the battle of Culloden busted The last ever battle to be fought on British soil, the 1746 battle of Culloden was the final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising… The battle of Culloden was fought on this day in 1746…
"16.04.2017 11:30:00" historyextra.com The rise and fall of the workhouse For many, the word 'workhouse' conjures up the image of an orphaned Oliver Twist begging for food from a cruel master. The reality, however, was somewhat different... "Britain's system of poor relief arguably saved thousands of people from starvation over the course of its 300-year history..."
"15.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com The history of Britain's talent factory Dominic Sandbrook selects 10 of his favourite cultural success stories from Britain's fruitful history of popular entertainment... "Harry Potter would never have been so successful had it not been rooted in the most distinctive British popular genre of all – the boarding school story..."
"15.04.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com Castrated Georgian opera stars Audiences feted them, patrons showered money on them and women threw themselves at their feet. Anna Maria Barry reveals how castrated opera singers became the rock gods of the 18th century... "Castrati were opera singers who had been castrated before puberty in order to preserve their youthful singing voices..."
"15.04.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com Forgotten trials: the other side of Nuremberg In April 1945, as the Second World War drew to a close in Europe, a British Army unit entered Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. A senior medical officer who led the relief effort told The Times it was “the most horrible, frightful place”… British troops entered the German concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen on this day in 1945…
"14.04.2017 15:30:01" historyextra.com History quiz – poems, physics and the Boston Tea Party How will you fare in this week's history quiz? In what year did American colonists protest against British taxes in the Boston Tea Party?
"14.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Q&A: Could modern medicine have saved Abraham Lincoln? Would modern medical practices and resources have been able to save Abraham Lincoln after his fateful trip to the theatre in 1865? On this day in 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot at point-blank range by assassin John Wilkes Booth...
"14.04.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com Timeline: the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s Historian John Kirk maps out 12 key moments in the campaign for civil rights in America during the middle of the 20th century… February 1960: four black students in Greensboro, North Carolina, hold the first sit-in…
"14.04.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com Peter Snow's six most important documents in history From Magna Carta to Guy Fawkes' confession, letters and documents offer a fascinating insight into pivotal events in Britain's past… On this day in 1912, the SS Burma was steaming in the North Atlantic and received a signal at 11.45pm: "We have struck iceberg, sinking fast, come to our assistance”…
"14.04.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com The battle of Barnet: why is there so little awareness? The 1471 battle of Barnet was a decisive engagement in the Wars of the Roses, helping to secure the throne for Edward IV, who triumphed over his Lancastrian opponents... The battle of Barnet, a decisive clash in the Wars of the Roses, was fought on this day in 1471...
"14.04.2017 10:00:00" historyextra.com Friends, family and rivals: Queen Victoria and the European empires "Victoria had always doted on Kaiser Wilhelm, her eldest grandchild, but was exasperated by his high-handed behaviour towards his English relations..."
"13.04.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com The 'Father of History' and India in the British empire Paul Cartledge reflects on the work of Herodotus, the first historian, while Jon Wilson challenges conventional views of the Raj… “The British Empire that we criticise or defend is not what we think it is. It's isn't this huge effective government, it's much more chaotic…”
"13.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Henry VIII: 5 places you (probably) didn't know shaped his life Philippa Brewell explores five places that were pivotal in shaping the man King Henry would become and how he would be remembered… "Henry's actions impacted on the physical landscapes of England..."
"13.04.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com 'Guerrilla' and the real history of British Black Power 'Black Power' is a term most associated with the civil rights struggle in America. But 1970s Britain was also a battleground for racial equality, witnessing protests, activism and violence... "While 'Guerrilla' may be fictional, it is rooted in a history of police violence, institutional racism and a will to resist..."
"13.04.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com Who were the real monuments men of the Second World War? As Matt Damon and George Clooney play Allied officers charged with saving historic artefacts in the Second World War, Nigel Pollard explores the challenges faced by their real-life counterparts... “The 'monuments men' increasingly turned their attention to tracking down works of art that had been looted from countries across Europe and taken to the Reich…”
"13.04.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com Where history happened: The birth of the railways The first steam locomotives helped make Britain the most powerful nation in the world. We visit eight places associated with the dawn of rail travel… “The rapid expansion of the iron road left few aspects of life in Victorian Britain untouched…”
"12.04.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com The Shakespeare family saga The story of the Shakespeares was one of social advancement, says Stanley Wells, reflected in dwellings that rose from rural farmstead to manorial splendour… “William and Anne had two daughters, Susanna and Judith…”
"12.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com In profile: the 2017 Wolfson History Prize shortlist The Wolfson History Prize, which celebrates the best in accessible academic writing, has announced a shortlist for the first time in its 45-year history… Ahead of the announcement of the winner of the Wolfson History Prize in May, we spoke to the shortlisted authors on their books, their inspiration, and why they feel that writing accessible history is important…
"12.04.2017 13:30:00" Timeline Photos Have you visited Philadelphia? Which historical sites would you recommend to would-be travellers? (We may print comments)
"12.04.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com The politics of hair Britons have long tried to make statements about themselves through the hair on their heads. From the 'Henry VIII pageboy' to Twenties bobs via Cavalier curls, Lucy Worsley reveals how coi Puritan William Prynne denounced the 1630s fashion for long, curling hair as “unlawful, effeminate, vainglorious, evil, odious, immodest, indecent, lascivious…”
"12.04.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com A country at the crossroads: how Lincolns 1860 election victory set America on the path to Civil War Richard Carwardine explains why Lincoln's election victory in 1860 was so important and how he managed to trounce his rivals in the polls... "Lincoln's election victory forever changed the relationship between the American government and the institution of slavery..."
"12.04.2017 10:00:00" 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. Her reign has seen the radical modernisation of the monarchy... "It was an age of change – George VI had seen himself as a king of empire; Elizabeth became a queen of Commonwealth..."
"12.04.2017 08:44:42" Download every previous issue of the UK's best-selling history magazine on your mobile or tablet for just £39.99 and save up to 88% today! Available on Apple and Android until 30th April 2017.
"11.04.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com A day in the life of Jane Austen Rebecca Smith explores Jane's time at the cottage in Chawton, where she did the most important work of her life… "Austen liked to keep quiet about her work. Until her career was well established only her family and best friend knew about her literary ambitions..."
"11.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Your guide to Joseph Merrick, the 'Elephant Man' He was the star attraction at Victorian London freak shows; his curved spine, overgrown skull and facial growth making him an object of fascination... Joseph Merrick, known as the 'Elephant Man', died on this day in 1890...
"11.04.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com Q&A: Who invented the 'QWERTY' typewriter layout? This layout, so familiar on our modern keyboards, is the legacy of a design process that began with Christopher Latham Sholes... “Sholes had split up commonly used letter pairs to avoid the type bars jamming together when pressed in quick succession…”
"11.04.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com Who decided Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, should be executed? A central figure in the council of King Henry VIII, and king in all but name for three years during the reign of Edward VI, the Duke of Somerset met a dramatic end when he was beheaded at Tower Hill… “He had no intention of being just first among equals, and instead intended to reign supreme. It was an ambition that was to bring about his downfall…”
"11.04.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com How Archimedes took on the Romans Ancient Greek thinker Archimedes is renowned for being an eccentric with his head stuck in the clouds, but his ingenious inventions helped wage warfare on the Roman empire... “Archimedes' triumphant inventions broke the Romans' courage and prevented them from launching an all out assault on Syracuse…”
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"10.04.2017 15:30:00" Do you have a burning historical question? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it in the mag…
"10.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com 7 forgotten monarchs The likes of Henry VIII, Queen Victoria and Elizabeth I immediately spring to mind when we think of past monarchs. But a number of other royals have, over the centuries, been overshadowed by their mor “It was Anne who oversaw the unification of England and Scotland, which was confirmed in 1707…”
"10.04.2017 13:34:44" historyextra.com The final days of Marie Antoinette Will Bashor shares the final events of Marie Antoinette's life, including an escape attempt which would become known as the Carnation Affair… "The fallen queen spent two and a half months in a noisy, mouldy dungeon that reeked of pipe smoke and rat urine..."
"10.04.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com Life in Ancient Egypt: what was it like? Egypt's pharaohs have left an impressive legacy of stone architecture, monumental inscriptions and religious art, allowing us to reconstruct their achievements with a fair degree of certainty. B “Magic was, at all levels of society, a real and potent power that could be used to protect the innocent and ward off harm…”
"10.04.2017 11:30:00" historyextra.com Through foreign eyes: the forgotten ambassadors to the Tudor court The Tudor period is one of the most captivating and controversial periods of English history, and the intrigues of Henry VIII's court remain vivid to us centuries later... "The dispatches of these ambassadors vividly capture a world full of intrigue, espionage and drama..."
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"09.04.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Medieval kebabs and pasta: 5 foods you (probably) didn't know were being eaten in the Middle Ages Roast boars and flagons of wine might be what most of us conjure up when we think of medieval cookery. But contemporary sources suggest that our ancestors enjoyed a wide variety of cuisine… “Sweet and sour rabbit is one of the more curious dishes included in Maggie Black's 'The Medieval Cookbook'…”
"09.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Churchill's army: the wartime leader's military track record examined Stephen Bull argues that hindsight and propaganda have led to a tendency to oversimplify the image of Churchill the war leader, and 'his' army... "Churchill's track record in the First World War was perhaps more of a cause for worry than for optimism..."
"09.04.2017 11:30:00" historyextra.com Behaving badly: Henry V's misspent youth He's widely feted as one of England's greatest medieval kings but, for much of his early life, Henry looked more like a dithering also-ran than a statesman in the making… Henry V was crowned on this day in 1413…
"08.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com 5 hidden killers of the Victorian home Suzannah Lipscomb nominates five potential 19th-century death traps – from wallpaper to children's toys... "There was a particular fashion for wallpapers in 'Scheele's Green', a brilliant green made from potentially poisonous copper arsenite..."
"08.04.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com A–Z of the First World War How much do you really know about the First World War? In a new bite-sized A-Z guide, the Imperial War Museum reveals a number of surprising facts, alongside need-to-know details of the key battles… “When, after heated debate, parliament passed the Military Service Act in January 1916, conscription became a fact of British life…”
"08.04.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com What is the nature of Margaret Thatcher's legacy? Historians share their views on the legacy of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher... Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher died on this day in 2013...
"07.04.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Quiz - royal artists and bloody battles How will you fare in this week's history quiz? To which monarch was Scottish artist Allan Ramsay appointed 'Principal Painter in Ordinary'?
"07.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com How did WW1 end? As part of our 'History Extra explains' series, leading historians answer the burning questions you were too afraid to ask... “Certainly, the major combatants were exhausted, and their peoples weary of the war…”
"07.04.2017 13:31:39" historyextra.com 5 First World War poets From scathing verses on the horrors of life in the trenches to laments on the tragedy of a lost generation, the First World War inspired some of British poetry's most poignant and affecting work... “Sassoon's provocative actions and incendiary writing brought him dangerously close to being court-martialled…”
"07.04.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com Female Tommies: women in the First World War On 28 March 1917, the first women were enrolled into the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and embarked to serve in the First World War in France three days later… “As increasing numbers of women took on men's jobs on the home front, the idea of women performing basic military tasks no longer seemed ridiculous…”
"07.04.2017 10:00:00" historyextra.com How the Tudors invented breakfast In the Middle Ages, the nation that was to give the world the full English widely skipped breakfast. Yet, by 1600, a culinary non-entity had become a key part of our daily routine... "Breakfast was seen as medicinal: people might be prescribed breakfast as a means to sustain them in illness or old age...."
"06.04.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com The mysteries of Mary Magdalene 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... "The figure of Mary Magdalene has been reinterpreted for every age..."
"06.04.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com America in World War One and a naval tragedy Adam IP Smith explores the US decision to go to war in April 1917, while Graham Scott describes the sinking of SS Mendi that same year, which led to the deaths of hundreds of South Africans… “That was the pitch that Wilson made in 1917: we're not entering this war because we've just become like Europe again, we're entering this war to end all wars, to change forever the terms on which humanity lives with itself…”
"06.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com The telegram that brought America into the First World War The Zimmerman telegram altered the course of the First World War and influenced future code-breaking operations… "During the First World War, the principal means of diplomatic communication was via telegrams sent on undersea cables..."
"06.04.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com Spying on the king: when MI5 targeted Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson In 1936, amid the threat of European war and a broiling abdication crisis, British intelligence services undertook an unprecedented secret surveillance operation. Their target? The king... "This operation placed two of the most secretive institutions in Britain – the royal family and the intelligence services – on a unique collision course..."
"06.04.2017 12:30:00" 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, Henry II… Richard the Lionheart died on this day in 1199…
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"06.04.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com 7 things you (probably) didn't know about America's entry and involvement in the First World War American troops arrived on the western front in 1918 full of enthusiasm, and in the spirit of great adventure. Yet most of them were novices who, unlike their German counterparts, had seen practically One hundred years ago today, the United States of America formally entered the First World War…
"05.04.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com 5 surprising facts about the Tudor court Popularised by the likes of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, the Tudors are one of England's most famous dynasties... "When in a rage, Elizabeth I swore like a trooper and could apparently be heard several rooms away..."
"05.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Sex and the First World War: the Tommies who visited brothels Tommies queued in their hundreds to visit brothels in the First World War. Their testimonies, says Clare Makepeace, offer a poignant insight into how the men reacted when constantly stalked by death… “Queues were a common sight at any brothel entrance. But they were more than just a way of ensuring men waited their turn…”
"05.04.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com James Gillray: the king of Georgian caricature Two centuries after his death, James Gillray remains the undisputed king of caricature. Richard Gaunt reveals how Gillray turned his prints into potent political weapons... James Gillray “fashioned caricature into a powerful weapon of social and political criticism…”
"05.04.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com 5 April 1242 – Nevsky's Russians crush the Teutonic Knights In the mid-13th century, what we know today as European Russia was weak and divided, its energies sapped by the onslaught of the Mongols... "Although it sounds like something from The Lord of the Rings, the Battle on the Ice was a landmark in eastern European history..."
"05.04.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com What is the significance of Waterloo? Alan Forrest, professor of modern history at the University of York, considers whether the importance placed upon the battle is justified… “At the time Waterloo was hailed in Britain as a battle different in scale and import from any other of the modern era…”
"05.04.2017 10:00:00" historyextra.com Food and drink on the Somme frontline: the soldier experience In spite of the widespread death and destruction, soldiers needed to eat. Even the fear induced by frontline service only dimmed hunger temporarily... “The army recipe for 'fish cakes' began by mixing equal quantities of tinned herrings and bully beef…”
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"04.04.2017 15:30:00" 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... "US forces may have lacked the experience and firepower of the British and French, but they showed an impressive ability to learn at speed..."
"04.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com The female 'kings' of ancient Egypt As Joann Fletcher reveals, Cleopatra the Great was merely the culmination of three millennia of women rulers... "Evidence suggests there were at the very least seven female pharaohs, including Nefertiti and Cleopatra..."
"04.04.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com In pictures: Zeppelin raids on First World War Britain In the First World War, Britain found itself under aerial attack. Giant zeppelins of well over 500 feet in length hovered overhead and both bombs and shrapnel from anti-aircraft shells… “Warnings of raids were often rudimentary and included policemen travelling on foot or on bicycles with placards advising the public to 'take cover'…”
"04.04.2017 13:30:00" Do women need to be written back into the historical record?
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"04.04.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com From Rosa Parks to Martin Luther King: the boycott that inspired the dream A simple act of defiance more than 60 years ago triggered one of the most celebrated civil rights campaigns in history. John Kirk examines how the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 launched the career of Martin Luther King, Jr… Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated on this day in 1968…
"03.04.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com 1066 – how the Viking diversion cost Harold his throne One of the most famous battles in English history was fought at Hastings. But two other battles were also fought in England in 1066… “It was a hot day, only five days after the victory at Fulford, and he clearly had no suspicion that the English king was anywhere near, so they left most of their armour behind…”
"03.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com At the playhouse: watching Shakespeare's plays in Elizabethan England Shakespeare's writing career coincided with �a renaissance in English drama – a period when a performance at one of London's new playhouses was the hottest of tickets... "The theatre was a bustling, chaotic and ferociously rivalrous environment..."
"03.04.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com Britain's First World War flying aces Two of the greatest aces to struggle for supremacy over the trenches were in Britain's Royal Flying Corps... "Their eye-catching exploits offered hope that even in the mechanised slaughter of the First World War an individual could make a difference..."
"03.04.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com Jesse James: Three Films Jesse James has been reinvented a number of times for cinema. Mark Glancy evaluates three portrayals of the legendary outlaw... Jesse James was shot by Robert Ford on this day in 1882...
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"03.04.2017 11:30:00" 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... "Of the seven would-be assassins, only two carried out their instructions. Most of them lost their nerve when Franz Ferdinand's car came within range..."
"02.04.2017 15:30:59" historyextra.com 9 facts about Buckingham Palace We bring you nine historical facts about Queen Elizabeth II's official London residence... “Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to use the palace as their official residence…”
"02.04.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com 6 beds that made history To most of us, our bed is simply a place for rest and relaxation at the end of a long day. But, beds have featured in some of the most fascinating stories through time... "The 'bed-in' was John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous protest against the Vietnam War..."
"02.04.2017 11:30:37" Arthur, Prince of Wales, died on this day in 1502…
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"01.04.2017 14:31:38" historyextra.com How to carry off a great hoax In the spirit of April Fools' Day, and using everyone from Jonathan Swift to a would-be Abyssinian emperor as examples, Eugene Byrne considers how to plan a masterpiece of deception... "For April Fools' Day, Swift published a letter confirming that astrologer John Partridge – who he despised – had died. Partridge's home was plagued by mourners and his business suffered for the rest of his life..."
"01.04.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com The 10 best English queens in history Thanks to some much-married monarchs, England has had many more queens than kings. Whether a king's wife or a ruler in her own right, each made a significant contribution to English history… Eleanor of Aquitaine died on this day in 1204…
"01.04.2017 10:00:00" historyextra.com BREAKING: Charles I was never beheaded, reveals newly-discovered manuscript A diary written by King Charles I, revealing that he escaped execution in 1649, has been discovered in Germany... “This discovery redefines the course of British history as we know it. It really is the smoking gun of 17th-century manuscripts...”
"31.03.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com History quiz - cookery books and kings Put your history knowledge to the test in this week's quiz… King Louis XIV proclaims that the palace of Versailles is his main residence and the seat of French government; the city of Philadelphia is founded by William Penn; Halley's Comet appear in the skies and is observed by Halley himself; a prosecution for
"31.03.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Magna Carta, the Roman Republic and the Enlightenment: 11 historical concepts explained in minutes What happened to the Roman empire? What was the Reformation about? Why did the USSR collapse? They're the questions you really ought to know the answers to, but possibly don't…
"31.03.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com Oxford v Cambridge: A history of the boat race Now an annual fixture in the sporting calendar, the boat race between Oxford and Cambridge draws the support of thousands along the river and the attention of millions of TV viewers each year. But how “The University of Cambridge hereby challenge the University of Oxford to row a match at or near London, each in an eight-oared boat…”
"31.03.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com 8 ways railway travel changed everything for Britain James Attlee reveals how rail travel has transformed Britain's relationship with the rest of the world... John Ruskin described the railway as “the loathsomest form of devilry… destructive of all wise social habit and natural beauty”...
"31.03.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com The quest for longitude: the men who mapped the surface of the earth In 1714, Britain offered a vast reward for an accurate method of mapping longitude at sea. But, asks Rebekah Higgitt, was the right man given the credit for finding a solution? "For sailors and seamen in the 18th-century, accurate navigation could mean the difference between life and death..."
"31.03.2017 10:41:11" historyextra.com Top 10 Viking stories The Viking Age – the period of great Scandinavian expansion from the late 8th to the late 11th century – is normally associated with violent raids and warfare… The curse of Andvari's ring was a lively epic that inspired Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings'…
"30.03.2017 17:00:35" historyextra.com April 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine out now! The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale! Featuring Charles II, the history gender gap, the US entry into the First World War, 1980s nuclear culture and Victorian inventions...
"30.03.2017 16:24:10" historyextra.com Women in popular history Historians Janina Ramirez, Anna Whitelock, Joann Fletcher and Fern Riddell discuss the challenges and opportunities for women in public history... "The women working in popular history today are all so interesting and individual. I think that's increasingly what people want..."
"30.03.2017 15:14:34" historyextra.com 10 things you (probably) didn't know about Ronald Reagan He is credited with helping to end the Cold War, and famous for his so-called 'Reaganomics' policy… American president Ronald Reagan was shot in an assassination attempt on this day in 1981…
"30.03.2017 13:35:06" Women in history: panel discussion "Society has to change its perception of what expertise is..."
"30.03.2017 12:49:41" historyextra.com 7 medieval kings you should know about With lands to conquer, rebellions to quash and finances to raise, ruling over medieval England was no mean feat. Some monarchs flourished, while others floundered… “Edward II was an unconventional monarch personally as well as politically, reportedly revelling in the company of peasant labourers, fishermen and carpenters…”
"30.03.2017 11:05:31" historyextra.com Historic holiday homes: look inside these 5 weird and wonderful buildings Unusual historic buildings including a former Victorian railway station are proving a hit with holidaymakers… “The range of quirky properties includes a Georgian folly, a former Victorian pigsty, and a Victorian railway station building…”
"30.03.2017 09:09:59" BBC History Magazine Our April issue is out now!
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"29.03.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com April/May issue of BBC World Histories out now! The latest issue of BBC World Histories magazine is now on sale! Featuring China's path to dominance, Africa's Cold War, extraordinary Minoan artefacts, the fight for the American west, Reagan's nuclear dilemma and civil rights activist Ida B Wells…
"29.03.2017 14:30:15" historyextra.com When Hitler took cocaine Adolf Hitler was addicted to cocaine and directed the invasion of Soviet Russia while being pumped with as many as 80 different drugs, historian Giles Milton reveals… “Hitler directed the invasion of Soviet Russia while being pumped with as many as 80 different drugs, including testosterone, opiates, sedatives and laxatives…”
"29.03.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com Ruth Williams Khama: first lady of Botswana How did an ordinary Englishwoman overcome powerful opposition to help transform an African nation? Susan Williams tells the story of the woman known as Botswana's 'mother'... A British official complained that Ruth was "a tougher proposition than we had hoped – she will never be bought off"...
"29.03.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com The young Elizabeth II: life before she was Queen From her birth to loving parents, her unconventional education and her involvement in the war effort, to the crisis that brought her to the throne, Kate Williams charts the early years and upbringing “The young princess was a favourite with her grandparents and one of the few people in the family not afraid of the king, whom she called 'Grandpa England'…”
"29.03.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com The 'born criminal'? Lombroso and the origins of modern criminology Described as the father of modern criminology, Cesare Lombroso's theory of the "born criminal" dominated thinking about criminal behaviour in the late 19th and early 20th century... “Lombroso concluded that a thief could be identified by an expressive face and small, wandering eyes. Habitual murderers meanwhile had cold, glassy stares and bloodshot eyes…”
"29.03.2017 10:00:06" historyextra.com Britain decides: the first European referendum On 23 June 2016, Britain decided to leave the European Union. Writing ahead of the vote, historian Robert Saunders looks back at the first UK-wide referendum, held in 1975… “Comparing the referendums of 1975 and 2016 reminds us just how fundamentally British politics has changed in the meantime…”
"28.03.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Mary I: a highly impressive queen cut off in her prime 'Bloody Mary' Tudor was long branded a religious bigot and a military failure. Yet as Anna Whitelock explains, the first woman to wear the crown of England was a political pioneer… “Her reign redefined the contours of the English monarchy and proved that queens could rule as kings…”
"28.03.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com 8 of the best dogs in history As a dog-loving nation, Britain's history is inextricably entwined with that of our pooches. Now, a new book tells the story of Britain in 100 dogs – from Roman times to the present &ndash “British monarchs through history have taken dogs to their hearts…”
"28.03.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com Spain's very international civil war The Spanish civil war is often viewed as a precursor to the Second World War for the way it sucked in the wider international community... "Courage and cowardice are both are infectious in their own way..."
"28.03.2017 12:30:00" historyextra.com The Roman invasion: Whose side were the Britons on? Gillian Hovell considers how far Britons colluded with the Romans on their invasion in AD 43... "A victorious invasion of a barbarian land would boost Roman morale and distract from troubles at home..."
"28.03.2017 11:00:00" 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... "We live in a culture that can be markedly lacking in historical awareness. Current issues are frequently discussed with little regard for the backstory..."
"27.03.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com In pictures: Soviet cosmonauts and the birth of the space age Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin – the first man to travel into space – died on this day in 1968...
"27.03.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Scotland v England: The world's first international rugby match Scotland and England have long been rivals on the rugby pitch and now compete annually for the Calcutta Cup… On this day in 1871, the first international rugby match was played…
"27.03.2017 13:30:00" historyextra.com Operation Goodwood: one of the biggest British disasters of the Second World War? Mark Urban is the author of a new book on tanks in the Second World War. Here, he challenges the notion that Operation Goodwood, an attempt to capture Caen in Normandy in July 1944… “In places, entire squadrons were knocked out in minutes. Dozens of burning tanks soon littered the plain below the village of Bourguébus…”
"27.03.2017 12:30:00" 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... “A woman on the throne of England – how ridiculous!” said Prince George of Cambridge, after he'd been pushed far from the succession by his cousin…
"27.03.2017 11:30:00" historyextra.com Was James I murdered? As the Stuart king lay dying, rumours swirled that he had been poisoned – and that the perpetrator was his best friend... King James VI and I died on this day in 1625. Was foul play involved?
"26.03.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Vikings: A land without kings When Vikings colonised Iceland in the 870s, they established a society in which local chieftains, not distant monarchs, held the reins of power. Philip Parker tells their story... "They sailed not in search of treasure or slaves, but as land-hungry warriors seeking safe havens..."
"26.03.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com History's most memorable mums Here we look back at seven mums who have gone down in history. While some were willing to wage war for their children, others' offspring made them "want to vomit"... "Josephine Baker adopted 12 children from across the globe. She called her new family the 'Rainbow Tribe', setting them up as an exemplar of racial harmony..."
"26.03.2017 11:30:00" historyextra.com A mother's love: tokens left with London's foundling babies In the 18th century, poverty forced thousands of mothers to leave their babies at London's Foundling Hospital. Many mothers left objects to identify abandoned children... "One heart-shaped metal pendant left with a foundling baby remorsefully declares: 'You have my Heart, Tho' we must Part'..."
"25.03.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com 8 things you (probably) didn't know about medieval elections How did elections work in the Middle Ages? Here, Professor Björn Weiler from Aberystwyth University investigates… “Most medieval elections were for life: abbots, bishops and archbishops, and kings were chosen until they died or – more rarely – abdicated…”
"25.03.2017 15:30:00" historyextra.com Arsenic: a brief history of Agatha Christie's favourite murder weapon Drawing upon her extensive chemical knowledge gleaned from working in a chemists during both world wars, Agatha Christie revelled in the use of poison to kill off hundreds of her characters… “Arsenic became a popular tonic or cosmetic to make an individual more attractive…”
"25.03.2017 14:30:56" historyextra.com Robert the Bruce: champion of Scotland or murderous usurper? On 23 and 24 June 1314, Robert Bruce, king of Scotland, faced King Edward II at Bannockburn in the decisive battle of the Wars of Scottish Independence… Robert the Bruce was crowned King of Scots on this day in 1306…
"25.03.2017 12:00:00" historyextra.com Walter Ralegh: the heroic traitor Mark Nicholls explains how the celebrated Elizabethan polymath fell foul of King James and ended up on the executioner's block... "Ralegh joked with the executioner: touching the axe he laughed that here was a cure for every disease, a 'sharp medicine'..."
"24.03.2017 16:30:00" historyextra.com History quiz – extinct animals and Welsh princes How will you fare in this week's history quiz? Which town claims to be the “ancient capital of Wales” on account of it being the seat of Owain Glyndŵr's Welsh parliament in the early 15th century?
"24.03.2017 16:00:00" 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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"24.03.2017 15:32:41" historyextra.com The secrets of 6 of Britain's most famous castles – with Dan Jones From the kings of Scotland who played a real life 'Game of Thrones' at Edinburgh Castle to the Pendle Witches tried at Lancaster… “The Earl of Douglas, himself little more than a boy, was invited to dine at the castle, but at a pre-arranged moment a black bull's head was carried out on a platter…”
"24.03.2017 14:30:00" historyextra.com Roots: a necessary portrayal of transatlantic slavery? When Roots was first screened in 1977, it made history with more than 100 million people watching the final episode. Based on Alex Haley's 1976 book of the same name… "The remake of Roots, much like its predecessor, is a determined challenge to any misty-eyed nostalgia for the 'Lost Cause'…"
"24.03.2017 13:00:00" 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... King James VI of Scotland succeeded to the English throne on this day in 1603...
"24.03.2017 11:00:00" historyextra.com Elizabeth I: The monarch behind the mask Anna Whitelock looks beyond Elizabeth I's carefully crafted image as an all-conquering Tudor beauty and finds a balding, frail woman, scarred by pox... Queen Elizabeth I died on this day in 1603...
"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…”
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"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…”
"16.03.2017 17:30:00" Have you visited Seville? What would you recommend to would-be travellers? (We may print comments)
"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 email@example.com 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…”
"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...
"03.02.2017 11:00:01" woodlandtrustshop.com Dedicate a tree for Valentine's Day Each dedication comes with a special Valentine's Day certificate, map and wood information sheet, so your Valentine will have something to open and keep forever. ADVERT: How will you be thrilling your Valentine this year? Forget chocolates and teddy bears and dedicate a Woodland Trust tree or woodland grove to them instead. Choose from woods throughout the UK and dedicate in a place special to you both. Every
"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.
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"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…