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The Romanov Family’s Final Moments

by Helen Rappaport For the Romanov family at the Ipatiev House, Tuesday, 16 July, in Ekaterinburg was much like any other day, punctuated by the same frugal meals, brief periods of recreation in the garden, reading, and games of cards.

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Killing the King with Cuisine

by Eleanor Herman It would only take one person to slip a little something into a king’s food. Henry VIII had two hundred people employed in his kitchens at Hampton Court: cooks, scullery maids, stewards, carvers, porters, bakers, butchers, gardeners,

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The History Behind the Mystery: The Devil’s Half Mile

by Paddy Hirsch Journey back to New York City in the days in which our nation was a young country, still finding its way—before The Alienist, before Gangs of New York… where the Wall Street as we know it was

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The Flatiron: A Landmark Signaling a New Era

by Alice Sparberg Alexiou Critics hated it. The public feared it would topple over. Passersby were knocked down by the winds. But even before it was completed, the Flatiron Building had become an unforgettable part of New York City.

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Madame Claude: Her Secret World of Pleasure, Privilege, and Power

by William Stadiem In post-WWII Paris, Madame Claude ran the most exclusive finishing school in the world. Her alumnae married more fortunes, titles and famous names than any of the Seven Sisters. The names on her client list were epic—Kennedy,

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