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42 Historical Objects, No. 28: the chronometer from the HMS Beagle.

This object is obviously famous because of its association with Charles Darwin, the scientist who developed the theory of evolution and who first got the idea while on the 1831 … Continue reading

April 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 24: William Strachey’s ring.

This very simple ring is not much to look at, but it has an illustrious history. It belonged to a man named William Strachey, who was born in Essex, England … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 23: the death mask of Oliver Cromwell.

This haunting face, cast in wax, is the visage of one of the greatest and most controversial men in British history. Oliver Cromwell, one of the major figures in the … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · 6 Comments

Earth Panorama: Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, UK.

Norwich Cathedral, located in Norwich, England, is so amazing and impressive that I can’t believe it isn’t a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Maybe it will become one in the future). … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 17: The Domesday Book.

The Domesday Book, compiled in England in the decades after the Norman conquest of 1066, is one of the most infamous documents ever created in human history. Its historical and … Continue reading

March 1, 2014 · 4 Comments

It started with a bad glass of wine: the St. Scholastica Day riots.

Six hundred and fifty-nine years ago today, on February 10, 1355, two Oxford University students, Walter Spryngeheuse and Roger de Chesterfield, went down to a local pub, called the Swindlestock … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · 3 Comments

42 Historical Objects, No. 12: the Black Stone.

The Black Stone is one of the most revered objects in all of human history. Although it shares some similarities with the previous religious relic I chose for this series–the … Continue reading

February 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Winter fun of a vanished age: the Frost Fair of 1814.

Exactly 200 years ago today, on February 5, 1814, something wondrous, fascinating and fun happened for the very last time on planet Earth. On that day the Frost Fair on … Continue reading

February 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 11: the Sutton Hoo burial helmet.

The “face” of this magnificent helmet is one of the most instantly recognizable faces in medieval history and particularly British history. This is a ceremonial helmet that was found in … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · 3 Comments

An Gorta Mór (the Great Famine): the manmade environmental disaster that changed the world.

This is article number six in my Irish History Week series. Beginning in 1845, a disaster of almost unimaginable proportions occurred in Ireland. Calling it a famine is a demonstration … Continue reading

January 24, 2014 · 1 Comment
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