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Behind the curtain: an illustration from Barthelemy l'Anglais' Le Livre des Proprietes des choses, c.1410.

By Suzannah Lipscomb

High-minded allegations of prurience should not stop historians from examining the intimate lives of people in the past.

By History Today

This month we discuss Proto-Indo-European, the ancestor of almost every language now spoken from the Hebrides to the Himalayas.

What happens next will SHOCK you.

By Kate Wiles

The best of #historicalclickbait.

Bronze Age cult wagon miniature, c.ninth-fifth century BC, discovered in Spain.

By Harry Ritchie

Many of the world’s languages derive from a single source. Harry Ritchie tells the story of Proto-Indo-European.

By William Tullett

We tend to think of the early modern city as one beset by foul, dangerous air and dank odours. Yet it also inspired a golden age of perfumery, explains William Tullett. 

Churchill arrives with his family in the Queen Elizabeth, March 23rd, 1949.

By Roland Quinault

From luxury liners to troopships: Roland Quinault examines the close relationship between the Cunard line and Winston Churchill.

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The decapitated head of Robespierre, wood engraving, 1794.

By Colin Jones

The momentous final days of the French revolutionary are well documented. Yet, argues Colin Jones, many of the established ‘facts’ are myths that do not stand up to scrutiny.

By Roger Hudson

Roger Hudson details the tense situation leading up to the evacuation of British troops from Aden in 1967.

Visitors circulate around Richard's tomb in the chancel.

By Anne E. Bailey

By no stretch of the imagination was Richard III a saint, but the furore that sprung up around his discovery and reburial was strongly reminiscent of a medieval cult of sainthood.

By Dean Nicholas

'Take two ounces of Labdanum...' – a guide to smelling sweet in the early modern era. 

Alcock and Brown landing in Ireland, 1919.

By Maurice Walsh

The glamorous success of Alcock and Brown’s first non-stop transatlantic flight in the wake of the Great War made the world smaller but no less nationalistic, argues Maurice Walsh.

A foreman whistles a signal to a crane driver, 1938.

By Clive Emsley

Britons like to think that they all pulled together during the Second World War, but as Clive Emsley shows, some of the work force, in particular those employed in the nation’s ports, were just as likely to be pulling a fast one.

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