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Issue 11

Crowd-funding History?

Earlier this year, something incredible happened. UCL accepted my PhD application. Granted, this news is of little interest to almost anyone outside my immediate family (and even they get bored of my chatter). Nevertheless, next month I am set to begin my research into the ‘spaces and places’ of Restoration London, and I cannot wait. There’s just one thing – …

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Five minutes with… Dan Jones

Dan Jones is a medieval historian, author and award winning journalist. His latest book The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses and the Rise of the Tudors is published by Faber and Faber and is out 4th September 2014.  What is an historian? Researcher, thinker, writer, storyteller, author, TV presenter, radio voice, lecturer, journalist, talking head. Tweeter. Truth-teller. Social …

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British Folk Art at Tate Britain

British Folk Art Tate Britain, London, 10 June – 31 August 2014 I imagine them sitting together, heads huddled close, whispering, choosing what to embroider next: two dancing pigs, a peacock with a fabulous tail, an anchor, or a sprig of daisies. Over the course of a year, their quilt becomes filled with an eclectic mix of motifs, sewn by …

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5 Lost Texts I’d Love To Get My Hands On… Dr Joanne Paul

Every historian has had that moment, when they realise that the their perfect text existed once, but has since been irrecoverably lost. Here is a top five list of the texts, lost to time, I’d most like to get my hands on… 1. More of Sappho’s Poetry. Not much is known of Sappho beyond her glowing reputation in the classical …

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When Women Ruled Europe

Next year the Church of England will appoint its first female bishop and Hilary Clinton will decide whether to try for the US presidency. We might think that such manifestations of female power were novel. Feminist campaigners and male chauvinists alike could be surprised to learn that 500 years ago women held most of the top jobs in Europe. We …

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The greatest general you’ve never heard of…

Not a lot of attention (beyond Greece) is given to the Byzantine empire, this is in part because after a brief flourish after the end of the Roman Empire in the West the tale of this civilisation is one of constant, steady decline. However while Western Europe was mired in many wars of invasion after the collapse of the Roman …

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