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Were the Borgias Really so Bad? | History Today

Alexander Lee attempts to rescue the Borgias from their baleful reputation.<p>Renaissance Italy was dominated by rich and powerful families whose …

Northern Italy

The Curious Creatures of Victorian Taxidermy | History Today

The exotic dead animals that appeared in the menageries of Victorian Britain’s grand exhibitions were far from perfect specimens. Stuffed, stitched, …

Taxidermy

The Lost Lingo of New York City’s Soda Jerks

Anyone for a “glob”?<p>Throughout the 1940s, during the post-dinner lull, students and staff at Columbia University would make a beeline for Friedgen’s …

Ice Cream

DNA Analysis Confirms Authenticity of Romanovs’ Remains

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the execution of Nicholas II and his family, an event that toppled Russia’s Romanov dynasty. Yesterday, as the …

Russia

Italian art sleuths 'discover Leonardo da Vinci's earliest masterpiece,' complete with tiny signature

Italian scholars claim to have discovered the earliest known work by Leonardo da Vinci – a previously unattributed portrait of the Archangel Gabriel.<p>They said infrared analysis had revealed a tiny signature on the jawline of the angel’s face which, when magnified, reads “Da Vinci Lionardo” with a …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Travel to Southern France for a Dazzling Taste of Ancient Rome

"In NÎmes, when you dig, you find," says Daniel-Jean Valade. He’s in charge of cultural affairs for the southern French city, which was established …

India’s Abandoned Island of Colonial Horror

For decades, an obscure speck of an island—measuring less than one-third of one square mile—was the site of the brutalization of thousands of …

The Mysterious Death of Henriette, Duchesse d’Orléans | History Today

‘Madame is dying … Madame is dead!’

Star Wars: why did the film make history?

Professor Nicholas John Cull explores the history of the <i>Star Wars</i> franchise, and explains why in 1977 thousands of people flocked to cinemas to be …

Antediluvian Wall Hides Long Lost Civilization Beneath Texas

The mysterious wall, known as the Antediluvian wall of Texas is likely the most bizarre feature of the town of Rockwell. Many people firmly claim …

Buffalo Bill’s British Wild West

Britain was full of expectation during the early months of 1887. Her Majesty Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India had …

Glastonbury: archaeology is revealing new truths about the origins of British Christianity

New archaeological research on Glastonbury Abbey pushes back the date for the earliest settlement of the site by 200 years – and reopens debate on …

Archaeology

Origin of Mysterious 2,700-Year-Old Gold Treasure Revealed

New analysis unveils the origin of the storied Carambolo Treasure, and despite previous claims, it has nothing to do with Atlantis.<p>New chemical analysis has solved the mystery regarding the origin of the Carambolo Treasure, a magnificent hoard of ancient gold objects discovered by Spanish …

Rare Image of Early Female Pharaoh Found in University Collection

Earlier this month, Egyptologist Ken Griffin at Swansea University in the U.K. was on the hunt for artifacts his students could handle when he came …

Castles, From Terror to Tourism

MiscellaniesCastles, From Terror to TourismBuilt as tangible symbols of repression and control, by the 18th century castles were more likely to be …

The Tragedy of Cattle Kate

On July 20, 1889, in a gulch by the Wyoming’s Sweetwater River, six cattlemen lynched a man and a woman accused of cattle rustling. As the purported …

Anglo-Saxon settlement and Roman army camp found in A14 bypass dig

It’s taken more than 700 years, but the medieval villagers of Houghton in Cambridgeshire have had the last laugh: the foundations of their houses and workshops have been exposed again, as roadworks carve up the landscape they were forced to abandon when their woodlands were walled off into a royal …

Justin Trudeau apologises for Canada Tsilhqot'in hangings

<b>Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologised for the 1864 hanging of a group of indigenous leaders by British colonial authorities.</b><p>Five First Nation chiefs were called to what they thought were peace talks to end a war in what is now British Columbia.<p>Instead, they were tried and hanged …

Documenting the Beauty of Italy’s Abandoned Villas

The photographer Eleonora Costi spent the last four years tracking down her country’s crumbling treasures.<p>Four years ago, Eleonora Costi, an Italian …

Italy

The Women around an Emperor: Eleanor of Portugal

In the fourth in a series of features exploring the early modern women whose lives intersected in some way with that of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian …

Demystifying the Winchester Mystery House

Under new management, the labyrinthine mansion is giving up more of its closely guarded secrets.<p>When Walter Magnuson arrived at San Jose’s Winchester …

Dining Rooms

What’s an Ancient Roman Temple Doing in Armenia?

“Church fatigue?” my tour guide asked rhetorically, noticing my dragging feet and glazed-over eyes. I’d never heard the term, but after eight hours …

Plague first came to Europe during the Stone Age

The earliest evidence of the plague-causing bacterium Yersinia pestis suggests the disease first arrived in Europe during the Stone Age

The Axeman of New Orleans Preyed on Italian Immigrants

By August of 1918, the city of New Orleans was paralyzed by fear. In the dead of the night, the Axeman of New Orleans (as he came to be known) broke …

Study finds humanities majors land jobs and are happy in them

What's the worst college major for your career, according to <i>Forbes</i>? Anthropology and archaeology. <i>Kiplinger's</i> says to stay away from religious …

DNA analysis reveals a woman buried in a Viking warrior grave — and proves the naysayers wrong

The question of whether women fought alongside men in Viking battles, and perhaps even planned attacks and led warriors, has led to much debate, with …

Scythians: the art of war

For most of the first millennium BC, the steppe between the Black Sea and China was the domain of Scythians – fierce nomadic warriors who were also …

6 surprising facts about Clementine Churchill

Without Winston Churchill’s leadership, Britain arguably wouldn’t have survived its darkest hour and successfully repelled the Nazi menace. But …