Greg Jenner

Tom Cribb lands a punch on Tom Molineaux (© Getty Images)

Greg Jenner tells the story of Bill Richmond, the American slave born 250 years ago, who went on to become Britain’s first black sports star.

This article was first published in the Christmas 2013 issue of BBC History Magazine

Queen Victoria and her dog Looty. (© Look and Learn/Bridgeman Art Library)

We 21st-century types are dedicated pet-lovers – the UK pet industry alone is worth an estimated £4bn – but we shouldn’t think this is a recent obsession. The bond between human and animal has often been a close one, and some of history’s most famous people were keen pet-owners. Greg Jenner writes.

This article was first published in February 2014

c1935: family enjoys breakfast. (Camerique Archive/Getty Images)

From the moment we wake in the morning, we all take part in rituals that are millennia old. But when did we start cleaning our teeth and wearing underpants? And who invented the bed and the alarm clock? Greg Jenner of Horrible Histories fame investigates…

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