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10 Of The Most Ancient Pieces Of Literature We've Found

For as long as we have been able to, humanity has written down its thoughts and ideas, using the written word to establish a sort of immortality. …

10 Atrocities Committed Against Native Americans In Recent History

The United States has always had something of an uncomfortable relationship with the people that lived within its borders well before European …

Why Does Ancient Art Contain Depictions Of Flying Aircraft, Helicopters Dinosaurs?

The history of our planet is far more complex than most people would dare to imagine. According to the commonly accepted version of history that is …

Why the world still loves Charles Dickens

Festivals celebrating the great writer take place every year, from Texas to Mumbai to Holland. What makes him so attractive, all these years after his death? Lucinda Hawksley investigates.<p>In the winter of 1867 a work-weary Charles Dickens arrived in Boston harbour, following a long sea voyage from …

Who was the mysterious Madame X in Sargent’s portrait?

John Singer Sargent’s infamous portrait scandalised late-19th Century Paris. But who was the woman in the painting? Jason Farago investigates.<p>She looks off to the right, staring out into the middle distance, her mouth shut tight, her dainty nose directed ever so slightly downward. Her right hand …

Aristocracy

Lady Angela Forbes was born Lady Angela Selina Bianca St Clair-Erskine (1876–1950) to the rakish 4th Earl of Rosslyn and his wife, the former Mrs. …

10 Wild Adventures Of Former Royals

Dynasties come and go, especially in the past few centuries, when monarchy ceased to be cool and got replaced by some fad called “democracy.” There …

10 Of The Strangest Jobs In The Victorian Era

The modern world is filled with bizarre jobs, from searching through Facebook for objectionable content to writing for Buzzfeed. But the odd office …

List-Worthy

10 Cities That Once Ruled The Ancient World

In the early years of our ancestors, humankind found many benefits in banding together in small groups. It made it easier to hunt, forage, and care …

List-Worthy

10 Incendiary Moments In The History Of 'Charlie Hebdo'

At 11:30 A.M. on January 7, 2015, France experienced its worst terror attack since the 1995 train bombings. Armed gunmen stormed the offices of …

10 Baffling World War I Mysteries We May Never Solve

Before the days of social media, history had to settle for being written by the winners. Which means some things have tended to hog the spotlight, …

The Famine Plot

During a Biblical seven years in the middle of the nineteenth century, Ireland experienced the worst disaster a nation could suffer. Fully a quarter …

The Plantagenets

• <b>Author:</b> Dan Jones<p>Eight generations of the greatest and worst kings and queens that this country has ever seen – from the White Ship to the Lionheart, bad King John to the Black Prince and John of Gaunt – this is the dynasty that invented England as we still know it today – great history to appeal …

The fantastical beasts of ancient Greece

We think of the Greeks as the orderly people who gave us drama, democracy and philosophy. But the fearsome creatures in Hellenic art reveal a dark side, writes Alastair Sooke.<p>What do you think about when you hear the words ‘ancient Greece’? The conventional view is that the ancient Greeks provided …

Mein Kampf: The world’s most dangerous book?

Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf fell out of copyright in Germany at the end of 2015. What will happen now that authorities can no longer control its publication?<p>“They wanted to replace the Bible.” Whispering in a hushed room of the Bavarian State Library, rare books expert Stephan Kellner describes how …

9 things you (probably) didn’t know about Winston Churchill

He is considered one of the defining figures of the 20th century, remembered for his inspirational speeches and for leading Britain to victory in the …

Winston Churchill

A Year of European Revolutions

The Sicilian Uprising of January 12th, 1848 was the first of several European revolutions.<p>'No state in Europe is in a worse condition than ours, not …

Palermo

From Angkor Wat to Stonehenge: How Ancient People Moved Mountains

From temples to pyramids to statues, ancient techniques moved giant blocks.<p><b>The temple of Angkor Wat, the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge, and the famous statues on Easter Island were all built without the conveniences of modern technology. Ancient peoples didn't have access to forklifts, hydraulic</b> …

Irish Potato Famine: Coffin Ships

Coffin Ships<p>During the Famine period, an estimated half-million Irish were evicted from their cottages. Unscrupulous landlords used two methods to …

North America

Top sites in Ireland where history comes alive

In Ireland, history is everywhere. But in some places, there is an especially strong connection with the past.<p>Here are IrishCentral's choices for the …

10 Religions Spawned By Works Of Fiction

The world’s religions all have their inherent histories and mythologies, many of which have existed for so long that there is near-constant debate …