Category: History

The world’s first radio telescope

How Jodrell Bank Observatory was used to prove Einstein’s theories and even spy on the Russians Image credit: Rosser1954 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. Situated 30 kilometres south of Manchester, England, is...

Military animals

From anti-tank dogs to exploding rats, discover history’s failed attempts at drafting animals into the armed forces Throughout history, humans have enlisted the help of animals to conquer countries, defend territories and defeat adversaries....

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...