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500 AD to 1500 AD—the fall of the Western Roman Empire through the Renaissance

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It Ended Badly In Divorce: 10 Historic Divorce Facts

It Ended Badly; William S. Burroughs; Divorce

by Jennifer Wright Three Unusual 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 impotent

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Ivory Vikings: Go Berserk in 5 Easy Lessons

Ivory Vikings

by Nancy Marie Brown 1. Take off your shirt. “Berserk” comes from an Old Norse word meaning “bare-shirt” or, maybe, “bear-shirt.” Snorri Sturluson, the 13th-century Icelander who is our main source of Viking lore, isn’t clear (maybe on purpose). In

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The True Cost of Spice: Murder in the History of Nutmeg

East India Trading Company - The History of Nutmeg

By Giles Milton A change in the cloud pattern brought the first suggestion of land. Next came the seabirds and leaves in the water. And finally (and to a resounding cheer) the faint smudge of coastline would be sighted –

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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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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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