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What was England’s reaction to the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1751?

What was England’s reaction to the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1751 and what many saw as the loss of 11 days of their lives?<p><i>This</i> …

Three History Podcasts That Aren’t 'Hardcore History'

Nothing against Dan Carlin’s “Hardcore History,” but it seems to eat up all the publicity for history podcasts. That’s a shame, because the podcast …

TV Series

Jeannie Rousseau obituary

Spy for the French resistance Alliance network who reported on the development of the V-1 flying bomb and V-2 rocket to British intelligence<p>Jeannie Rousseau, who has died aged 98, was a spy for the French resistance Alliance network who sent crucial information to British intelligence about the …

America’s First Butter Sculptor Was an Artist and a Celebrity

Despite her success, Caroline Shawk Brooks never forgot her sweet, creamy roots.<p>In November of 1877, around 2,000 spectators gathered in an …

Art

Why Peter the Great Established a Beard Tax

Around this day in 1698, Tsar Peter I—known as Peter the Great—established a beard tax. He wasn’t the only ruler in history to do this—England’s …

The Science of Fairies

They used to be normal. Stolen away into the jungle by evil wizards who cut out their tongues, the Asiki children were transformed, their woolly hair …

The letters that reveal Horatio Nelson’s secrets

He was Britain's greatest naval hero, famed for his victories against the French during the Napoleonic Wars – most famously the battle of Trafalgar, …

Demystifying the Ancient Tangle of London’s Streets

For 81 years, A-Z maps have helped everyone from cabbies to clueless tourists navigate one of the world’s most confusing cities.<p>To earn the right to operate one of London’s iconic black cabs, aspiring drivers must pass one of the hardest tests in the world, known as “The Knowledge.” It requires …

Maps

Stupid Writing Rules: 12 Dumb Things New Writers Tell Each Other

Shares 12<p><i>Stupid writing rules–Beware the Dunning-Kruger Effect.</i><p><b>by Anne R. Allen</b><p>Fake news isn’t our only problem in the era of social media. Fake …

6 Foreign Expressions You Should Know

<b>Dorieon March 30, 2017 3:49 am</b><p>To David Warley, who wrote (“on August 13, 2014 12:34 pm”),<br>“I do find American English usage to be sometimes very …

February 2016

The Peerage

The nobility consists of the gentlemen of the peerage, dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts and barons, with a rare peeress in her own right. When …

Why (and How) to Launch Your Author Blog Before Your Book

Maybe you're writing your first book. Perhaps it's off with your editor. In either case, you still have a ways to go before your book is in the hands …

Dear Self-Published Author: Do NOT Write Four Books a Year

No matter what experts tell you, no matter what trends, conventional wisdom, social media chatter or your friends in the Facebook writers group insist upon, do NOT write four books a year. I mean it. Don't.<p>Unless they're four gorgeously written, painstakingly molded, amazingly rendered and …

Shakespeare's Skull Is Missing From His Tomb — So Who Stole The Bard's Head?

William Shakespeare has separated quite a few characters from their heads over the course of his writing career, but it seems someone might have …

Afternoon Tea - an English tradition.

I cannot think of anything more English than afternoon tea. This started when well-to-do ladies made morning calls (in the afternoons) and were …

30 Family Secrets Hiding in English Surnames

Long before Lorde, Adele, or even Cher, one name was all a person needed. In Britain before the Norman Conquest of 1066, people went by single names. …

Was the American Revolution a Civil War?

“Every great revolution is a civil war,” as David Armitage has recently remarked. That insight could change the way we think about the American …

7 facts about the Elgin Marbles

Greece has ruled out taking legal action against the UK to reclaim the Elgin Marbles from the British Museum, it has been announced<p>Greece’s culture …

6 of the most catastrophic weather events in British history

The famously changeable British weather has long been the subject of complaint and small talk. Here, Patrick Nobbs explores six of the most …

Waterloo: what was the battle like for Wellington’s Redcoats?

On the 200th anniversary of Waterloo, ancient historian and novelist Adrian Goldsworthy considers the battle from the perspective of Wellington’s …

Britain’s civil wars: the 15 key moments

Britain was engulfed by war in the mid-17th century. Here, three leading historians of the conflict – Micheál Ó Siochrú, John Adamson and Blair …

Sex, scandals and betrayals: Charles II and his court

It is said to have been one of the most hedonistic courts in English history – a sexual merry-go-round of flirtation, seductions and infidelities. RE …

Revealed: Marie Antoinette’s Scandalous Secret Letters to Her Lover

French researchers have uncovered secret love letters between Marie Antoinette and a Swedish count. A new book suggests the doomed queen may have …

The very first war photography was staged

The Crimean War<p>The first major conflict to ever be photographed<p>In the 1850s, the Crimean War emerged from a dispute over the rights of Christian …

The Other Anniversary this year

The Earl of Mar<br>While everyone is commemorating and celebrating the victory of 1815 at Waterloo, there’s another event that should be remembered this …

Taxes

Jo Beverley here talking about taxation.<br>I find that taxes aren't mentioned much in historical romances, but they've been around for a long time, and …

Lady Elizabeth Berkeley and private theatricals

as she was considered too scandalous. Nothing daunted, she spent her time at the races and organising private theatricals, which were often …

Shaw House

On the outskirts of Newbury, not far from the Great Bath Road (or the A4, now that we are no longer travelling in horse-drawn carriages) there is a …

Names

Hi, Jo Beverley here talking about names.<br>I recently posted on Facebook asking for suggestions for a first name for my current hero. He's an earl, so …