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    Who was St David? The history of St David’s Day and its traditions

    Many stories about David tell of the Welsh royal lineage of his parents; his father was a prince of Ceridigion while his mother –...

    Winthrop Bell: a Canadian spy who predicted Nazi horrors

    HomeMembershipWinthrop Bell: a Canadian spy who predicted Nazi horrorsAll products were chosen independently by our editorial team. This article contains affiliate links and we...

    “There was a general perception that Queen Victoria’s mourning was neither normal nor acceptable”

    Listen to an extended version of our interview with Judith FlandersHow did the level of infant mortality impact society?For many years there was a...

    Arts & Crafts movement: everything you wanted to know

    Suzanne Fagence Cooper answers listener questions on the Victorian Arts and Crafts movement, which re-emphasised the role of the maker in the artistic processPublished:...

    Life of the week: Spartacus

    "I am Spartacus" is one of the most iconic lines in cinema history: from the 1960 film starring Kirk Douglas in the titular role,...

    Stonewall: the 1969 fight for gay rights

    Chris Parkes reflects on the 1969 Stonewall riotsPublished: February 24, 2024 at 7:25 AMTo mark LGBT+ history month, we're revisiting a classic episode on...

    24 February: On this day in history

    24 February 1739Nader Shah of Persia defeated the Mughal Emperor Muhammud Shah at the battle of Karnal. Two weeks later Delhi was looted by...

    The 1943 Bengal famine: “People began collapsing in the streets and dying on the pavements”

    Read more | From Winston Churchill to the Bengal famine: are we in denial about our role in WW2?There is a lot of academic...

    When was the first international rugby match, and who played in it?

    To most of the people of Edinburgh, 27 March 1871 was nothing special. As they streamed to work across the city’s bridges, trudging to...

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