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Issue 6

HOW TO BE IMMORTAL

Henry VIII, Napoleon and Jesus all have it, as do Andrew Marvell, Florence Nightingale and Ernest Shackleton. What are we talking about? IMMORTALITY. But what are your chances of becoming immortal? In this humorous new video, cartoonist Joel Mishon uses history to weigh up the odds, and they might surprise you. Joel Mishon is a cartoonist and co-founder and director …

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THE HANOVER: 300 Years of British-German Royal Ties

2014 marks the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian accession to the British Throne, a crucial moment in which the new British nation created an original sense of style that is still recognised across the world today. With the death of Queen Anne and the unsuccessful search for a Protestant heir in England, the British monarchy turned to its distant relatives …

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Historic St Pancras Launches Second Annual Lecture Series

An outlaw, unconventional women and a cross-dressing French spy will feature in a new series of lectures to raise money to keep the doors of historic St. Pancras Old Church open.   The church, in Pancras Road, Camden, reportedly a site of worship since the 4th century, may have to permanently close doors which have welcomed visitors for at least …

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ICONIC TEXTS: Julia Nicholls on ‘The Communist Manifesto’ by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels

In the second instalment of our brand new series of podcasts, Julia Nicholls discusses one of the most controversial texts of the 19th and 20th centuries. Written by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels in late 1847 and published in 1848, The Communist Manifesto begins with the immortal line: ‘A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of communism’. Written in response to European …

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The White Princess and The Lost Prince

Tony Boullemier reviews Philippa Gregory’s novel The White Princess and compares her theory on the Princes in the Tower to that of David Baldwin in his work of research, The Lost Prince.  If you enjoyed The White Queen TV series, based on Philippa Gregory’s book, your next step should be to read her follow-up novel The White Princess – the …

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ITV To Make The Great Fire of London Drama

The story of humble baker Thomas Farriner and his fabled involvement in The Great Fire of London is to be dramatised for ITV. Described as being ‘inspired by the historical events of 1666’, the decadent court of King Charles II will provide the backdrop to one of the most catastrophic events in London’s history. Written by author and political commentator Tom Bradby …

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Five Minutes With… Greg Jenner

Greg Jenner is a writer, historian and TV freelancer. He is best known as the Historical Consultant to the BBC’s comedy sketch show Horrible Histories, and has just written his first book – One Million Years In A Day – which will be published in 2015. He is obsessed with Twitter. What is an historian? This is one of those …

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SHAKESPEARE’S LOVERS: The Dark Lady

Last month, I suggested that William Shakespeare had two major love affairs in his life.  The first was with his ‘White’ lady, who helped to inspire his ‘fair’ female characters, such as Bianca (The Taming of the Shrew) and Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).  The model for these saintly ‘White’ ladies was almost certainly ‘Annam Whateley de Temple Grafton’, as …

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Going along with the ride: Museums in the 21st century

21st century museums are exciting places to visit. Exhibition opening nights resemble something more akin to an Oscars after party than a tea and sandwich get together of professors in tweed coats. It seems that museums would like to remind their audiences that they have come a long way from the era of glass cases and “do not touch” signs …

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