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What happened at the French court when Henry II died?
Leah Redmond Chang explores the consequences of Henry II's death, from life at the French court to public shock...
- 21st Century
How should we see the NHS's history on its 75th anniversary?
On the 75th anniversary of the founding of Britain's National Health Service (NHS), Dr Andrew Seaton considers whether looking back at the institution's history can provide an understanding of where the NHS fits in our lives today…
- 20th Century
Windrush at 75Why is arrival of Windrush such a key milestone?
Christienna Fryar explains the importance of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks in Essex, in June 1948…
Roundheads and Cavaliers: where did the Civil War nicknames come from?
Professor Mark Stoyle explains the history behind two nicknames that came to represent the royalists (Cavaliers) and the Parliamentarians (Roundheads) during the Civil War…
Martha GellhornHow the pioneering journalist reported on the Spanish Civil War
In this video clip from an episode of the HistoryExtra podcast, Sarah Watling reveals how the pioneering journalist Martha Gellhorn – wife of Ernest Hemingway – used her platform to inform readers about the Spanish Civil War
5 things you should know about Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians. This is a premium piece of content available to subscribed users.
Early medievalist Rebecca Hardie shares her favourite facts about the Lady of the Mercians’ fascinating life and reputable legacy…
Q&AWhat was the fascination behind Tudor codpieces?
Jane Malcolm-Davies reveals the real reason why men in the Tudor era took to wearing ornamental, and somewhat pronounced, pouches...
- General History
ChomolungaWhy is Mount Everest called Everest?
Where did Mount Everest get its name? And have we been pronouncing it wrong for more than a century? In this clip from a recent episode of the HistoryExtra podcast, mountaineering historian Jonathan Westaway explains the history of 'Everest'
Five things to look out for when visiting a castle. This is a premium piece of content available to subscribed users.
Marc Morris highlights five features of Britain’s castles that show their development throughout the Middle Ages, from essential engineering to eye-catching decorations
- General Modern
Fake news: 8 of the most notorious photograph hoaxes, from fairies to UFOs
A picture tells a thousand words, so they say. But it doesn’t always follow that those words speak the truth. Charlotte Hodgman explores the stories behind some of the most remarkable hoax photographs that have been taken since the advent of the technology in the 19th century
- General History
Which British monarch had the most successful coronation?
Tracy Borman considers centuries of rulers to reveal the British monarch whose coronation she thinks outranked all others…
Kathrine SwitzerThe shocking image from Boston Marathon in 1967. This is a premium piece of content available to subscribed users.
Rachel Hewitt explores the story behind the shocking image of Kathrine Switzer running the Boston Marathon in 1967...
How did caricaturist James Gillray satirically take down the Prince Regent?
Alice Loxton explores the details of one of James Gillray’s most famous works, A Voluptuary Under the Horrors of Digestion, and what it reveals about the future King George IV
Can you guess the meaning of Victorian slang?. This is a premium piece of content available to subscribed users.
Do you know your mutton shunter from your orf chump? We put historians Michael Wood, Rana Mitter and Catherine Nixey to the test and asked them to guess the meanings of eight forgotten slang terms from the Victorian era…