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    31 March: On this day in history

    31 March 1732Austrian composer Joseph Haydn is born in Rohrau.31 March 1763HMS Defence was launched at Plymouth dockyard. The third rate, 74-gun ship of...

    Grisly killings & mysterious motives: murder in early modern Britain

    Today’s modern fascination with true crime is nothing new – our early modern ancestors also devoured sensational stories of brutal deaths and shocking, unexplained...

    The man who almost discovered the double helix

    Seventy years since James Watson and Francis Crick first revealed DNA’s double-helix structure, Dr Kersten Hall shares the story of the scientist who almost...

    Nell Darby’s historical cold cases: the money murders

    When one member of a family is killed in horrible circumstances, that is a tragedy. But in the case of the Money family, when...

    30 March: On this day in history

    30 March 1282: Sicilians revolt against their French oppressorsA sunset prayer service turns into a mass riot, kicking off 20 years of warAs the...

    29 March: On this day in history

    Even the greatest realm of the age, the kingdom of West Francia, was not immune. In the 830s and early 840s, the Northmen launched...

    Marriage, Middlemarch & male pseudonyms: George Eliot’s unconventional life

    George Eliot is hailed as one of the greatest novelists of the 19th century. And in many ways the writer’s life was just as...

    28 March: On this day in history

    By the end of March AD 193, the life of the Roman emperor Pertinax was hanging by a thread. Yet on being proclaimed emperor...

    My history hero: Tim Dunn chooses John Betjeman (1906–84)

    John Betjeman: in profileSir John Betjeman was an English poet – appointed Poet Laureate in 1972 – writer, and broadcaster. Best known for his...

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