The Wars of the Roses: Medieval England's Climactic Conflict
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Early Roman Warfare, by Jeremy Armstrong, a Review
A review of Early Roman Warfare, by Jeremy Armstrong, a book detailing a revised model of development for the early Roman armies.
Project Acoustic Kitty Lets the Spy Cat Out of the Bag
In the 1960s, the CIA thought it could train cats to spy on its enemies. Project Acoustic Kitty was born.
Lincoln and Douglas History in Winchester, Illinois
The town of Winchester, Illinois, was once home to Stephen A. Douglas and the site of an important speech by Abraham Lincoln. A number of buildings of historic and architectural significance remain there as well.
Timeline of the Scientific Revolution
From the 15th through the 18th centuries, scientific thought underwent a revolution. The Aristotelian view of nature that had dominated science for almost 2,000 years was cast out. The Scientific Revolution brought forth a more rigorous method of scientific exploration.
Medieval Food: What Did People in England Eat During the Middle Ages?
Fine dining in the feudal era was reserved for the rich, while the poor made do with bread and stew. Here is an overview of what people from various classes of medieval society depended on for their daily sustenance.
Five Factors That Contributed to the Decline of Feudalism in England
It took an apocalyptic plague, a series of wars, and a document considered to be the world's first constitution; but eventually, the system that had defined the Middle Ages came to an end.
Medieval Medicine: How People Survived in the Age of Bloodletting
It was an age of superstition, plague and poverty, when only the rich could afford doctors and the doctors relied on 1,000-year-old texts. Here's a look at medicine in the Middle Ages.
The Pentrich Uprising Against the British Government
In 1817, a ragged band of English workers tried to overthrow the government.
Servius Tullius: The Sixth King of Ancient Rome
Servius Tullius was the sixth king of ancient Rome, reigning from 578 to 535 BC. Tullius accomplished many things that benefited all Romans, especially the lower classes. He instituted a census, reorganized the military, and established the voting assembly that was more representative.
The Battle of Austerlitz: Napoleon’s Greatest Victory
Read on to learn all about Napoleon's masterpiece, the Battle of Austerlitz.
The Queen Who Quit: Eccentric Christina of Sweden
Queen Christina of Sweden was eccentric and unique. Proclaimed queen as a child, she stunned Europe when she quit as ruler aged 27. Exile from Sweden didn't stop her from trying to reclaim power or from using her royal prerogative to murder her advisor.
The Compelling Story of the Scottish Crown Jewels
The crown jewels kept in London are world-famous, but did you know that Scotland has its own set of regalia normally referred to as the Honours of Scotland? These are some of the oldest crown jewels in the UK, and their story is one of survival against the odds.
Outdated Forensic Techniques and Criminal Science Ideas
Forensics has evolved a great deal in the last century, but that progress was fraught with misconceptions and outlandish ideas.
The Ancient Etruscans: Predecessors of the Romans
The Etruscans were a people of ancient Italy who occupied lands to the north and south of Rome. Their civilization lasted from roughly the 8th century BC to the 1st century BC, finally being incorporated into the Roman Empire.
Persecution of the Industrial Workers of the World
Early in the 20th century an attempt to unionize American workers was met with brutal suppression.
King Henry 8th: 8 Fascinating Facts About the Tudor Tyrant
Henry VIII is probably the best known of England's Tudor monarchs. From his wives to his unforgiving nature and break with Rome, he left a lot for historians to work with. Here are 8 interesting facts about the king who changed England forever.
The 1769 Transit of Venus Viewed From Tahiti
The Transit of Venus in 1769 was of interest to the entire world. Captain James Cook was sent to the South Pacific by King George III to chart the transit of Venus in front of the sun and to measure the size of the solar system.
Spanish Empire: The Rise and Fall of a Great Power
The Spanish Crown rose like a meteor to become the foremost power of Europe during the 16th century. Unfortunately for them, the endless war the Habsburgs were dragged into in the end broke the power of Spain and saw France eclipse Habsburg Spain as the strongest state of the continent.