The long road to independence
www.maltatoday.com.mt
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Fascinating summary of what happened in Malta before the 20th century.

06/04/2020
In Which I am Unconvinced by The Daughter of Time
www.superdoomedplanet.com

Richard III did it. Or at least Josephine Tey doesn’t prove he didn’t.

05/02/2020
Oliver Cromwell, the man who wouldn’t be king
www.newstatesman.com
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Interesting and thoughtful from @TheLordWilliams. But Cromwell’s record on Ireland is not mentioned, and persecuting Catholics apparently doesn’t count.

28/01/2020
The Murky Provenance of the Newest Sappho
eidolon.pub
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“We may think that [ancient poetry] offers a scholarly retreat from the world around us... we could not be more wrong.”

07/11/2019
The hidden history of a Jewish family in Odessa
www.opendemocracy.net
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Beautiful from @Tom_deWaal.

06/11/2019
Ghost City
www.andrewstroehlein.com
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@astroehlein goes to Kaliningrad in search of Königsberg.

02/10/2019
Happy (?) Appeasement Day
conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com
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Reflections on Munich and George VI, by @conbrunstrom.

30/09/2019
The Confederate General Who Was Erased
m.huffpost.com
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The fascinating postwar career of William Mahone.

28/09/2019
Crying in the archive: The story of Diana Bromley
emotionsblog.history.qmul.ac.uk
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A story of racism, mental illness and stiff upper lips.

14/09/2019
Lost and found: the Beechey Island papers
visionsnorth.blogspot.com
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Brilliant account by Alison Freebairn of how she found papers relating to the Franklin expedition.

12/09/2019
A 500-Year-Old Tale of Intrigue, Greed and Betrayal
www.nytimes.com
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Extraordinary story of the Gutenberg Bible that spent years in County Armagh at Gosford Castle.

13/08/2019
Diarmaid MacCulloch: ‘I got very irritated with Henry VIII’
www.theguardian.com
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Difficult to blame him, really.

14/07/2019
Killer Rabbits in Medieval Manuscripts: Why So Many Drawings in the Margins Depict Bunnies Going Bad
www.openculture.com
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Altogether now: “They’ve got a vicious streak a mile wide!”

31/03/2019
Queens of Infamy: Anne Boleyn
longreads.com
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A fun profile.

21/02/2019
British Concentration Camps: A Response to Jacob Rees-Mogg
gladstonediaries.blogspot.com
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Just in case you were not clear on the detail.

How was the Irish Border drawn in the first place?
www.irishtimes.com

It actually could have been worse...

January 1919: the Irish Republic, the League of Nations and a new world order
theconversation.com
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Not sure that helping prevent US accession to League of Nations, or gaining D’Annunzio’s endorsement, are huge positive achievements...

29/01/2019
The Secrets of Lyndon Johnson’s Archives, by Robert A. Caro
www.newyorker.com

This is an extraordinary long read, about history, politics, love and life.

22/01/2019
Do Proteins Hold the Key to the Past?
www.newyorker.com
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Amazing stuff about the analysis of biological samples on old documents, manuscripts and books. A long read, but well worthwhile.

24/11/2018
It cannot be overthrown without destroying you: the Gallic empire and Brexit
transeuropeanexpression.wordpress.com
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Fascinating from @_katie_low.

17/11/2018
What Do Our Oldest Books Say About Us?
newrepublic.com
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Another London exhibition for my list.

12/11/2018
Pompeii: Vesuvius eruption may have been later than thought
www.bbc.com
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October rather than August, according to new evidence; the Pliny the Younger text as we have it is wrong.

Stumbling Toward Armageddon
www.nytimes.com
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How the Yom Kippur war almost became a superpower conflict - fuelled by drugs and drink.

11/10/2018
What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire?
www.newyorker.com
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The German precedent is not very encouraging.

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