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Issue 9

The Great Fire – First Look

ITV has released a tantalizing taster of their epic new series about The Great Fire of London, starring Andrew Buchan, Charles Dance, Rose Leslie, Jack Huston and Daniel Mayes. Penned by Tom Bradby, the landmark drama is set to be broadcast this autumn.    

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ICONIC TEXTS: Dr Jenny McAuley on ‘Vindication of the Rights of Woman’ by Mary Wollstonecraft

‘It requires a legion of Wollstoncrafts to undermine the poisons of prejudice and malevolence.’  Mary Robinson, 1799. In the fourth installment of our new series of podcasts, Dr Jenny McAuley explores a text written by a trailblazing advocate of women’s rights.  Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Woman – conceived during the late eighteenth century – made a profound case for the …

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Disaster at Sea and the Fall of Captain Noble

Like most people, I hadn’t heard of the RMS Tayleur until a visit to the museum in Warrington, England a few years ago. My eye was caught by a brass porthole, crusted with barnacles but still surprisingly shiny after over 150 years, fixed to the wall next to a pile of chipped crockery and an etching of a shipwreck. A …

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John W Hawkins Reviews ‘Saving the City’ by Richard Roberts

Richard Roberts Saving the City: the great financial crisis of 1914 Oxford University Press, 2013 xviii + 302 pages + 8 B/W figures + 3 tables, £20.00 RRP Whether Richard Roberts would appreciate having his fast-moving book compared to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, or the latest series of Kiefer Sutherland’s 24 is a matter of debate, but it …

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From historical fact to historical fiction

Historian and novelist James Aitcheson on making the transition from fact to fiction, why research matters, and the power of historical novels to challenge myths and misconceptions. One of the most common questions that historical novelists get asked is: where do you draw the line between fact and fiction? Achieving the right balance is a tricky business, and as a …

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Hooke, Newton and the ‘missing’ portrait

Portraits have a peculiar fascination for people. As Lisa Jardine has pointed out, historical figures come to life so much more vividly when a portrait is available. This is true for historians almost as much as anyone else. Therefore the thought that there might be a lost or unidentified portrait of a famous and controversial figure like Robert Hooke is extremely …

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When the US dropped FOUR H-Bombs on Spain

How many times has the US Air Force dropped nuclear bombs on Spain? The answer is just the once but they did drop four of them… By the 1960s the world was in the most tense phase of the “Cold War”. The “West” was in a nuclear standoff with the Soviet Union. Both sides had enough nuclear weapons to ensure …

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