Category Archives: History

Medieval sex
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Medieval sex

And the winner of the (medieval) Bad Sex in Fiction award is …

Netanyahu, the Grand Mufti and the Holocaust
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Netanyahu, the Grand Mufti and the Holocaust

The Israeli prime minister’s comments that an Arab leader convinced Hitler to carry out the Holocaust are a distortion of history.

Book Review – The Maisky Diaries by Gabriel Gorodetsky
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Book Review – The Maisky Diaries by Gabriel Gorodetsky

Ivan Maisky was Russia’s ambassador who charmed his way into Britain’s inner circles he arguably passed on more secrets than the infamous Cambridge Five.

Don Quixote and the immigrant crisis
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Don Quixote and the immigrant crisis

Here’s what Cervantes might say to his countrymen about their treatment of Moslems.

Meet the real Frankenstein
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Meet the real Frankenstein

Mary Shelley attended a lecture that Andrew Crosse, “thunder and lightning man”, delivered that inspired Frankenstein.

Franz Ferdinand assassination
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Franz Ferdinand assassination

How Franz Ferdinand’s assassination triggered the First World War.

Predicting the future
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Predicting the future

In 1900 John Elfreth Watkins, Jr. made predictions for the year 2000, with amazing accuracy. Read his predictions here.

The first casualty of war
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The first casualty of war

In 2014 it will be the 100th anniversary of World War One, which is a good time to reflect how well the truth is served by journalists.

The case for Europe
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The case for Europe

History makes a strong case for a united Europe.

What the British Could Learn from the Inquisition
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What the British Could Learn from the Inquisition

British ex gratia payment to Sami al-Saadi,, after he was abducted and put in the hands of Gaddafi’s torturers, is hush money.

Happy Birthday Tom Paine
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Happy Birthday Tom Paine

It is Tom Paine’s birthday today, and it worth celebrating the man of uncommon common sense, who wrote “My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”

Django unchained?
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Django unchained?

It may be reinvented history, but ‘Django Unchained’ perpetuates dangerous myths about black history.

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