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Short Histories

Bite sized chunks of interesting, important and inspiring history that deserves to be remembered and explored.


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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  

The Mysterious Lost Colony on Roanoke Island

In August 1590, an Englishman staggered onto the shores of Roanoke Island to see what had become of the colony he had left behind. But anyone who had been there was long gone and h...  more  

The Kennedy Curse

America's most famous family has suffered so many tragedies that many believe a curse hangs over them  more  

The Great Fire of London

London's burning! A fire raged for four days and destroyed most of the old city - but allowed it to grow again as a greater city  more  

The Glorious Revolution of 1688 - The Last Successful Invasion of Britain

Why is the UK officially Protestant? In large part because of a group of powerful Lords in the late 17th century  more  

The French Revolution

France was the cultural centre of the world in the 18th century, but in the last decade of that century it witnessed a turbulent, violent and inspirational movement  more  

The Battle of Hastings

The battle that made modern England and the modern English language  more  

The Curious Death of Amy Robsart

A murder mystery that reaches right the heart of royalty, discover the thrilling story of the murder of Amy Robsart  more