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Persecuting the Christians
On the night of 19 July 64 AD, a fire broke out near the Circus Maximus in the centre of Rome that was to rage for six full days unimpeded devastating the...
Lieutenant-Colonel James Henry Reynolds was a surgeon with the Army Medical Corps who was at Rorke’s Drift, a Mission Station in Natal, South Africa...
John Evelyn & Samuel Pepys: Diary Extracts
John Evelyn is one of England’s most notable diarists, though less famous that his contemporary Samuel Pepys the longevity of his diaries and journals...
Queen Elizabeth I:
By the winter of 1601, the Golden Years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign had long passed; the harvest had once again failed, overseas trade was in decline, unemployment...
Anne Boleyn's Last Letter to the King
On 6 May 1536, while imprisoned in the Tower of London awaiting trial on charges of adultery and treason Anne Boleyn wrote a final letter to the King,...
Reporting the Charge of the Light Brigade
William Howard Russell was one of the first official War Correspondents who worked for both the Times Newspaper and the Illustrated London News...
William Jennings Bryan:
Cross of Gold
William Jennings Bryan’s famous Cross of Gold speech was delivered to the Democratic Party Convention in Chicago on July 9, 1896. The issue it...
Elizabeth Barrett Browning:
How Do I Love Thee
Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born in County Durham in 1806, a sickly child who suffered from severe migraines and a constant spinal pain that was to...
King Richard III:
A Villain for all Time
Richard III is the most controversial King ever to sit on the Throne of England and even now his short reign remains contentious and the subject of much...
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