Ancient and Medieval History
Prehistory to 1500 AD—from the beginning of recorded human history to the fall of the Western Roman Empire and through the Renaissance

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Finding Jesus: The Remarkable Story of the James Ossuary

James Ossuary

Our book, which takes six venerated objects connected to Jesus and looks at them through the lenses of theology, history, and science, really began more than a decade ago, in the chilly January of 2003, when we went to the

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Hanukkah and Christmas: A History of Consequences

The Bibles Cutting Room Floor

by Joel M. Hoffman History is in large part the story of consequences—both intended and unintended—as is the case for two of this season’s most celebrated holidays, Hanukkah and Christmas. It is well known that when Alexander the Great conquered

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Excerpt: Tudors

By Peter Ackroyd 1 Hallelujah The land was flowing with milk and honey. On 21 April 1509 the old king, having grown ever more harsh and rapacious, died in his palace at Richmond on the south bank of the Thames.

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Excerpt: A History of Ancient Egypt

By John Romer Beside the Pale Lake Living in the Faiyum,5000–4000 BC It was wetter then than it is now. Though the monsoons were slowly failing, the plains were grass-green and scented with flowering shrubs whilst the valleys held exotic

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A Brief Discussion on the History of England with Peter Ackroyd

Michael Hoak: The history of England is full of watershed moments and events that are known to practically everyone, for better or for worse—the invasion by William of Normandy, the Magna Carta, the reign of Henry VIII, and the Gunpowder

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