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This article from the Guardian is well worth your time even if you've no interest in Queen Victoria. In it, Kathryn Hughes explains how two people were tasked with editing a batch of the queen's letters, how in doing so they helped create...Show More Summary
Professor Rupert Wilkinson of the University of Sussex was interned by the Japanese after the invasion of the Philippines, when he was five. His British father was away working for intelligence and the US. In an interview with History...Show More Summary
Three resistance fighters from the Second World War have been selected by France to be interred in the Panthéon, an honor accorded those held to have greatly contributed to France. The three are Germaine Tillion, Pierre Brossolette and Geneviève de Gaulle.
I don't know how many other universities have one of these, but Stanford University has a Medieval Manuscripts Club for students. I learned this from a Stanford Daily article which... Read Full Post
In this blog for the Daily Telegraph Dominic Selwood defends the medieval period - and specifically the bit once labelled the Dark Ages - from its many pro-Roman critics. And, a little oddly, from Game of Thrones. I don't agree with every point, but overall it's recommended.
Britain is planning to build a new high speed rail link down part of the country, and the plans are controversial to say the least. But the Thame Gazette has a quote from an HS2 spokesman, and it's very interesting. Ben Ruse is quoted as saying:... Read Full Post
Experts from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, as well as Historic Scotland, have been trawling through maps and documents relating to World War 1 to make the first complete survey of buildings, sites and other survivals linked to the war. Show More Summary
Our final installment on this subject before tackling other eras is a look at the Nazi (mis)handling of the economy, and the way they treated children. Then there's definitions for a term that will be important later in the year, Sudetenland, and Unconditional Surrender.
This month we're looking at Nazi society, including the Nazis and Christianity, the Nazis and Women, and how the Nazis governed their state (the answer is confusingly). Then there's a quick look at the Steel Helmets. Having taken the story of Germany from 1918 to 1939, we'll be taking a break before we go into World War 2. Show More Summary
Britain has experienced a great deal of flooding recently, and the human and animal cost is significant. It almost seems wrong to report on this story, so I'll stay brief, but the Museum of London Archaeology is asking for volunteers, drawn from dog walkers and others, to get out into the world and see what's been uncovered by the floods and storms. Show More Summary
The Daily Mail has photographs of a wonderful sixteenth century book. Printed in Germany, it's been constructed so you can open it six different ways, and read six different texts, all packed into the shape of one book. The photos come from the National Library of Sweden. Something else to put onto the list if I win the lottery.
This is a story for people who love cats, and people who don't like them much at all. I don't want to steal io9's thunder, but they've found a wonderful blog about an equally wonderful medieval manuscript (from c.1420), which contains...Show More Summary
I thought I'd flag up this story of how thieves have stolen a vial of Pope John Paul II's blood from an Italian church. Now, this doesn't look historical, but I have my reasons for mentioning it. Basically, I used to be mainly a medievalist,...Show More Summary
Thanks to my brother for pointing me to the Public Domain Review, who have a fascinating little book all about the designs for the Great Tower for London. I hadn't heard of that before, and the reason is it was never fully built and had to be blown up. Show More Summary
I doubt this would pass a health and safety assessment, but I know it's something I'd have liked to have done in school. What am I talking about? According to a This is Cornwall article, pupils at Wadebridge Primary Academy in the UK...Show More Summary
When experts exhumed an unmarked grave at St. Bartholomew's Church they were trying to find the bones of Saxon King Alfred. The tests have now come back, and the bones are from a later period. But, bizarrely, the bones might have been found after all as Dr. Show More Summary
The Cambridge History of the First World War is out now, and it's filled with new research. I hope to read it over the next few years (it's expensive), but the Telegraph has a report on two pieces from it. Firstly, Yale's Professor Jay...Show More Summary
This week's main article is an examination of 'Who Supported Hitler and Why?' Then we look at the Nazi concept of Volksgemeinschaft, and Hitler's rambling book Mein Kampf. Finally there's a quick look at Nazi Minister Wilhelm Frick, the German Labour Front, and the Tripartite Pact.
Britain's National Archive has digitized a collection of war diaries kept by military units during World War One. These are among the most popular documents the collection owns, mostly thanks to keen family historians looking up what relative's units did, and one and a half million pages worth of diary will be dripped online over the course of 2014. Show More Summary
As well as my fascination with historical items hidden in the world ready to be rediscovered, I've always found the idea of discovering things in the forgotten cupboards of museums equally interesting. This Guardian article... Read Full Post