English Sweating Sickness: The Epidemic You Forgot to Be Terrified Of
The 15th and 16th epidemics of English sweating sIckness still fascinate historians and epidemiologists.
The Re-Release of a Classic
A new American edition of Ronald Blythe's Akenfield reminds us why it became one of the founding texts of oral history.
The Class Perceptions of Christmas Decorations in Great Britain
In the U.K., Christmas decorations are often associated with the lower-class, and such visibility has been scorned and criticized.
The Cardiff Giant: The Biggest Hoax of the 19th Century
The Cardiff Giant was the greatest hoax in an era of hoaxes.
Licoricia of Winchester, Jewish Widow and Medieval Financier
The story of Licoricia of Winchester illustrates just how much wealth and influence a Jewish woman could accumulate.
The Truth Behind the Tower Ravens
Fakelore: the deliberate fabrication of a folklore. A term that perfectly describes the legend of the Tower Ravens, the birds of the Tower of London.
Stonehenge’s Larger Neighbor
The discovery of Durrington Walls, a monument more formidable than Stonehenge, deepens the mystery of these Neolithic structures.
How the Media Made Queen Victoria
How nineteenth century media helped make Queen Victoria who she was.
Old Smoke: London’s Famous Fog
The history of "Old Smoke", London's famous fog.
A Polymath Opines: Charles Babbage’s Other Interests
Early writings of Charles Babbage.