Has the real Sherlock Holmes been deduced?

A new biography of a leading Victorian detective suggests he helped inspire Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creation, Sherlock Holmes. The biography of real life investigator, Jerome Caminada, reveals a series of striking similarities between him and the fictional character, in terms of their methods and character, the Daily Telegraph reports. Written by author Angela Buckley, the biography, out this month, also establishes strong echoes between the real detective’s cases and plot lines used by Doyle. Sherlock Holmes made his debut in the 1880s.

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A new biography of a leading Victorian detective suggests he helped inspire Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation, Sherlock Holmes. The biography of real life investigator, Jerome Caminada, reveals a series of striking similarities between him and the fictional character, in terms of their methods and character, the Daily Telegraph reports. Written by author Angela Buckley, the biography, out this month, also establishes strong echoes between the real detective’s cases and plot lines used by Doyle. Sherlock Holmes made his debut in the 1880s.

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Cockatoo perched in Renaissance painting forces rethink of history

The discovery of an animal more closely associated with suburban Sydney than Venice is leading historians into a rethink of early trading networks into Europe. According to the Guardian the painting, completed by Andrea Mantegna in 1496 and now hanging in the Louvre, clearly shows what appears to be a sulphur-crested cockatoo perched above Mary, mother of Jesus. It’s unclear how Mantegna included a bird found in New Guinea and Australia, given that trading routes to Europe were not clearly established at the time.

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Was the burning of the Reichstag the Nazis’ first crime?

A new book suggests that the Nazis were responsible for the burning of the Reichstag in 1933. According to historian and former trial lawyer, Benjamin Carter Hett, the Nazis set fire to the German parliament building in order to seize dictatorial power. The fire has been blamed on 24-year-old Dutch Communist stonemason, Marinus van der Lubbe, who was arrested at the scene. If his argument is correct, Hett sheds new light on the Nazis as having calculated a much clearer route to power than has so far been realised.

Lewis Carroll letter goes under hammer at Bonhams

A letter from Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll is to be sold at auction this week. Written under his own name, Charles Dodgson, he complains about the downside of fame. He says he hates “being pointed out to, and stared at, by strangers, and treated as a ‘lion'”. The handwritten letter, sent to Carroll’s friend, Anne Symonds, in 1891, is expected to fetch between £3,000 and £4,000.

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