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The Daring Escape of Charles II

Life was not always so cheery for the 'Merry Monarch', who spent six weeks on the run from the people who killed his father  more  

'Treated Like a Gentleman by Gentlemen' - The IRA and Their Favourite Prisoner

When a British officer was kidnapped by the IRA in 1920, he probably expected to be executed. What followed was a comic tale of poker, whiskey and an unlikely friendship  more  

The Black Death

The Covid-19 outbreak in 2020 had many people looking back with a morbid curiosity at the infamous Black Death of the mid-14th Century. But what was the Black Death, and how can it...  more  

Michael Malloy - The Irishman Who Would Not Die

Was Michael Malloy the toughest man who ever lived? Discover the story of the alcoholic Irishman who was blissfully unaware that a whole gang of men were trying to kill him  more  

Were the first European Settlers in America From Wales?

An old Welsh legend held that a 12th century prince left his homeland and discovered a new world across the Atlantic. The story was not given much credence until the early 18th cen...  more  

The Axeman of New Orleans

Throughout the 1910s a mysterious killer prowled the streets of New Orleans. As silent as he was deadly, he had the entire city gripped with fear but disappeared before anyone coul...  more  

Henry Winstanley and the Lighthouse at Eddystone

A colourful inventor was so proud of his lighthouse in the English Channel that he vowed to spend the night there. He was never seen again  more  

What happened to Jimmy Hoffa?

The world famous union boss whose disappearance sparked one of history's greatest mysteries  more  

The Wars of the Roses - The Real Life Game of Thrones

If you thought Game of Thrones was good, wait until you read about the wars that inspired the series  more  

The Tay Bridge Collapse - Disaster on a Victorian Railway

On a stormy night in December 1879, a bridge that had been considered one of the engineering marvels of the world collapsed, sending over 70 people to a cold and watery grave  more