Category: History

The Medieval Le Mont Saint-Michel

This monastery is a fortified marvel and one of France’s most iconic historic sites Image credit: Getty Images The island of Mont Saint-Michel has survived sieges, fires and revolutions over the centuries. While it...

Heroes of History: Sophia Duleep Singh

This princess of a stolen empire became one of Britain’s most high-profile women’s rights activists Born and raised in England, Sophia was the daughter of Maharaja Duleep Singh, the exiled Emperor of the Sikh...

How did the Black Death spread?

Fleas, rats and puss-filled boils – find out how the bubonic plague killed millions Plague doctors wore protective dress to treat victims of the plague  History has seen many pandemics, but the bubonic plague,...

History of the Vatican

Nestled inside Rome, the bustling Italian capital, this tiny city-state has remained the centre of the Catholic world for centuries (Image source: Pixabay) Vatican City is the spiritual and physical centre of Catholicism and...

How did trebuchets work?

At the height of its power the trebuchet was an unstoppable force, crushing fortifi cations, buildings and men alike (Image credit: ChrisO) The setting: King Richard’s crusades in the latter half of the 12th...

Evolution of the bicycle

How we learnt to get on our bikes The name bicycle was coined in 1869 but bicycle-like machines were built much earlier in this century. The walking machine of 1817 didn’t have pedals, but...

The Great Minds of Ancient Greece

Meet some of the most prominent thinkers in all of ancient Greece Hippocrates Hippocrates was one of the first to observe the effect diseases had on the body. He separated medicine from religion, and...

How to win a duel

When honour was at stake, a gentleman’s only option was to cross swords For centuries, settling a dispute through armed combat was not only customary, it was a highly respected ritual reserved for the...

When were pubs invented?

Discover how foreign conquerors helped shape a British institution (Image source: Pixabay) When the Romans invaded Britain in 43 CE, they brought with them all the trappings of civilised living: walled cities, literacy, sanitation...