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Francis Willoughby Begins his Legendary Journey to the West Indies

by Matthew Parker Francis Willoughby would be described by contemporaries as both charming and self-centered; his military and political careers would show him to be at times impetuous and at others indecisive. In many ways he was a visionary, but he

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The Rise and Fall of the Viking Crusades

by John Haywood The Wendish Crusade In 1144, the crusaders lost the key city of Edessa in Syria to the Turks. Pope Eugenius III’s response to this setback was to call the Second Crusade, the first major crusading expedition to

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The Lewis Chessmen: Brexit and a New North Sea Style

by Nancy Marie Brown Look at a map and remember the key position this area enjoyed from the 8th to the 13th centuries. From the beginning of the Viking Age in 793, the sea road connected these places we think

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Thomas Farriner: The Man Who Started Great Fire of London

Thomas Farriner

by Rebecca Rideal As the sun set on another hot day, an easterly wind danced through the capital, weaving its way westward. From Islington, Samuel Pepys and his wife journeyed home after watching a new puppet show on Moorfields before

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Historic Divorce Facts: 10 Reasons Why It Ended In Divorce

It Ended Badly; William S. Burroughs; Divorce

by Jennifer Wright Three Unusual Historic Reasons For Divorce In 1613 the Countess of Essex demanded a divorce from her husband because, as her father quipped, “the Ear has no ink in his pen.” Essex and the court decided that he was

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