Efforts by the German scientist Friedrich Accum brought about widespread awareness of the dangers of food adulteration, paving the way for legislation that protects what we eat today.
The Dissolution of the Monasteries is a well-worn tale. Are we getting the whole story?
A Victorian wool merchant set out on an audacious, decade-long quest to smuggle alpacas out of Peru. But transporting his flock to Australia was only half the struggle.
Fascism would plague the 20th century, but when Benito Mussolini seized power in October 1922 few could agree on exactly what it was.
For 13 days in October 1962 the world watched Cuba with bated breath. What was the view like from the epicentre of the missile crisis?
Protecting merchant ships during the Napoleonic Wars, the British convoy system was instrumental in securing its narrow victory.
Arriving in the remote and jungled highlands of Annam, a swindling Frenchman was able to establish himself as the region’s self-appointed ruler.
200 years on from the deciphering of the most famous piece of rock in the world, what does reading the Rosetta Stone reveal?
The absence of formal government on the American frontier emboldened miners to take powers usually reserved to the state, subjecting criminals to their own brand of vigilante justice.
Emulating her godmother, Elizabeth I, Elizabeth Stuart captured hearts and minds as Europe burned.