Some of the most intelligent people in early modern Europe were convinced of the existence of merpeople.
Norse travellers reached every corner of the known world, but they were not tourists. The ‘racially pure’ Vikings of stereotype were, in fact, cultural chameleons adopting local habits, languages and religions.
The man who conspired to kill Julius Caesar was not quite the friend to Romans and countrymen that his legendary status suggests.
Pirates captured by an increasingly powerful British state were routinely executed. But what happened to the families they left behind?
Fiercely independent, highly skilled sailors, the Kroomen of Sierra Leone forged an alliance with the Royal Navy to rid the African coasts of slavers.