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Has the victim of 322-year-old royal intrigue been found?

A scandalous and deadly mystery may soon be solved thanks to the sciency magic of DNA. The setting: Leine Castle in Niedersachsen, Germany, the residence of the Hanoverian kings. The players: Sophia Dorothea, the wife of the future King George I of England, her lover, Count Philip Christoph von Königsmarck, her father-in-law, the Elector of [...]

A Wife at Risk - An Excerpt from "A Peerless Peer"

The wives of Spartiates had the responsibility for running their husband’s households and some estates were comparatively far from Sparta. As a result, women might be away from Sparta on their own for weeks or even months at a time.Show More Summary

Michelle Obama Was Right About the History of Workplace Sexual Harassment

Allegations against Donald Trump "[remind] us of stories we heard from our mothers and grandmothers," the First Lady said on Thursday

John Adams Views Trumbull”s Painting of the Congress

In 1818 the Revolutionary War veteran and painter John Trumbull came to Boston to exhibit his depiction of the Continental Congress considering the Declaration of Independence.Josiah Quincy, son of the Patriot lawyer of the same name, was then between his terms in the U.S. Show More Summary

Study ancient Egypt online with the University of Pennsylania

The Penn Museum, the University of Pennsylvania’s archaeology museum, has one of the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the United States. There are more than 42,000 objects, including the largest sphinx in the Western Hemisphere and the third largest in the world. The head curator of the collection is University of Pennsylvania’s Eckley [...]

Neutron Sunday

On May 21, 1956, a B-52 bomber dropped a 3.8-megaton hydrogen bomb over Namu Island in the Bikini Atoll. This was the first “airdrop” of a nuclear device, and the first time the press was invited to observe a nuclear detonation. TheShow More Summary

How Planned Parenthood Changed Everything

The first birth-control clinic in the U.S. opened 100 years ago, on Oct. 16, 1916

“Remarks, injurious to the Reputation of General Ward”

Yesterday I described how a sixteen-year-old letter from George Washington was published in 1792, showing the public some less than flattering comments on Artemas Ward, his predecessor as head of the American army outside Boston.At the...Show More Summary

Searching For Black Confederates Under Advance Contract

I couldn’t be more excited to announce that Searching For Black Confederates is now under advance contract with the University of North Carolina Press. It would be an understatement to…

Happy 950th anniversary, Battle of Hastings!

On October 14th, 1066, a date that will live forever on 6th grade pop quizzes, the army of William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy, defeated the Anglo-Saxon army of King Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings ushering in the Norman conquest of England which ultimately claimed 100,000 lives. The Norman conquest irrevocably altered the [...]

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 10/13

Stephen D. Engle, Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln and the Union’s War Governors (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). Lorien Foote, The Yankee Plague: Escaped Union Prisoners and the…

Ward and Washington

When George Washington arrived in Cambridge on 2 July 1775, he took over command from Gen. Artemas Ward. The Continental Congress made Ward its second-ranking general.There doesn’t seem to be any evidence that Ward resented having Gen. Show More Summary

Here’s Why Election Day Seems So Late This Year

An 1845 law created a uniform day for elections in the U.S.

Intact 1,600-year-old roasting pit unearthed in Alberta

Archaeologists have unearthed a 1,600-year-old untouched roasting pit at the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in southwest Alberta, Canada. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump was used by native peoples of the North American Plains to hunt, butcher and process bison for 6,000 years. It is one of the oldest and best preserved buffalo jumps, which archaeological features still surviving [...]

Premature Burials mentioned in Richmond newspapers (1849- July, 1854)

In continuing to recognize Poe on the 167th anniversary of his death… and recognizing what may have been one of his greatest fears… I’ve combed through some of the antebellum newspapers of Richmond, Virginia, using the online source, Chronicling...Show More Summary

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