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Sophie Cooper reviews ‘Bloody Scotland: Crime in 19th Century Scotland’ by Malcolm Archibald

Malcolm Archibald, Bloody Scotland: Crime in 19th Century Scotland Black & White Publishing: Edinburgh, 2014 RRP: £9.99 Body snatchers, murdering bigamists, and poisoners. Whisky-joints and smuggling rings. A socially-excluded victim of bullying that finally snapped and killed his tormentors. These are all stories that we have come across, either in the news of today or in films and books about …

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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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JAMES TAYLOR REVIEWS ‘DEFENDING THE CITY OF GOD’ BY SHARAN NEWMAN

Defending the City of God: A Medieval Queen, the First Crusades, and the Quest for Peace in Jerusalem By Sharan Newman       Palgrave Macmillan In the twelfth century, Jerusalem was ruled by Queen Melisende, an indomitable figure who faced enemy armies, wily ambassadors, and ambitious bishops. The Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem had only recently been established, created by the crusading armies …

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CRISIS HUNTER: THE LAST FLIGHT OF JOE KENNEDY JR

Exactly 70 years on, a new book re-opens the events of August 1944 when US Navy pilot Joe Kennedy Jr, older brother of future US President John F. Kennedy, was killed over the Suffolk countryside in a top secret mission pioneering drone aircraft for the first time. In this new short book, Kennedy-era researcher Paul Elgood, who uncovered the long forgotten story of JFK’s visit to Birch Grove shortly before his 1963 assassination, recounts these wartime events and journeys to the site …

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World War One: The Trip

Why go on a World War One tour? The question was at the forefront of my mind as I boarded the ferry from Dover to Calais. My trip had started at Victoria coach station in London, but seeing the English Channel made the reality of what I was about to do really sink in. A century ago, my Great-Grandfathers had …

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JAMES TAYLOR REVIEWS ‘THE BOMBERS AND THE BOMBED’ BY RICHARD OVERY

The Bombers and The Bombed: Allied Air War Over Europe 1940-1945 By Richard Overy Viking On the night of 27th July 1943, 729 RAF Bomber Command aircraft dropped 2,386 tons of bombs on the German city of Hamburg. The city’s shipbuilding industry meant that it was frequently a bombing target, but that night the majority of the bombs fell on …

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ICONIC TEXTS: Dr Hannah Dawson on ‘Leviathan’ by Thomas Hobbes

In the first instalment of our brand new series of podcasts, Dr Hannah Dawson discusses one of the most controversial texts in the English language. Written during a period of civil war and published following the regicide of Charles I, Leviathan or the Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil earned its author the nickname the ‘Monster of Malmesbury’. …

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