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The Moral of the Story

Illustrated picture books in Victorian England reached new aesthetic heights. But was it always for the benefit of the children?

How Great was Alfred?

In uniting the peoples of Wessex and Mercia, the celebrated king left an ideological legacy of lasting importance.

Here be Dragomans

For wealthy tourists travelling to the Middle East in the 19th century, the services of a dragoman were an essential purchase. Yet the often difficult lives of these local agents and guides remain elusive. 

400 Years of Melancholising

Robert Burton’s encyclopedic curiosity The Anatomy of Melancholy continues to offer remarkable insights into mental health.

Britannia’s ‘Huns’

The moral authority Britain gained during the First World War was undermined by the behaviour of the Crown Forces during the Irish War of Independence.

America’s Western Problem

Indigenous peoples in the West of the United States continued to be held in bondage long after the abolition of plantation slavery in the South.

On the Money

The introduction of decimal coinage to the UK was a long while coming. But the transition was surprisingly smooth.