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Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One by Miranda Carter

A fascinating insight into the complex world of pre-war European royalty and the minds of three of its most prominent members  more  

The Tour de Nesle Affair

An affair between two French princesses and two Norman knights caused one of medieval Europe's biggest scandals  more  

The Matchgirls Strike of 1888

One of Victorian Britain's most dangerous jobs was performed by women who received little respect...or pay. Danielle Burton (@PrincessBurton) discusses how a group of these working...  more  

Who Killed Freddie Mills?

One of the most famous faces in Britain was found dead outside his Soho nightclub this week in 1965. The official verdict was suicide, but that is disputed to this day  more  

How an Opera Started a Revolution...and Created a Country

A riot that began at an Opera house quickly spread across the local region. Within days, a revolution was in full swing. Within months, a whole new country was born  more  

Forget the 'New Cold War'. 2021 is more like 1901

Labelling the current US-China relationship as a 'new cold war' is tempting, but is there not a better historical analogy we can draw?  more  

Britain's Best Historical Destinations

Even if you don't manage to get abroad this year, you can still get your history fix on these interesting and ancient islands.  more  

Britain's Identity Crisis

Covid, and the economic havoc it brought, will pass one day. Britain's real crisis is with its identity.  more  

The Highland Clearances

A brutal attempt to wipe out an entire culture and displace thousands of people, and how it can be linked to modern Scottish nationalism   more  

The Hammersmith Murders

At least six, but probably eight, women lost their lives to a cruel and sadistic killer who stalked west London's suburbs in the 1960s. Despite a huge police investigation, 'Jack t...  more