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

In Which I am Unconvinced by The Daughter of Time

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

Oliver Cromwell, the man who wouldn’t be king
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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.

The Murky Provenance of the Newest Sappho
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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.”

The hidden history of a Jewish family in Odessa
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Beautiful from @Tom_deWaal.

Ghost City
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@astroehlein goes to Kaliningrad in search of Königsberg.

Happy (?) Appeasement Day
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Reflections on Munich and George VI, by @conbrunstrom.

The Confederate General Who Was Erased
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The fascinating postwar career of William Mahone.

Crying in the archive: The story of Diana Bromley
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A story of racism, mental illness and stiff upper lips.

Lost and found: the Beechey Island papers
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Brilliant account by Alison Freebairn of how she found papers relating to the Franklin expedition.

A 500-Year-Old Tale of Intrigue, Greed and Betrayal
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Extraordinary story of the Gutenberg Bible that spent years in County Armagh at Gosford Castle.

Diarmaid MacCulloch: ‘I got very irritated with Henry VIII’
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Difficult to blame him, really.

Killer Rabbits in Medieval Manuscripts: Why So Many Drawings in the Margins Depict Bunnies Going Bad
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Altogether now: “They’ve got a vicious streak a mile wide!”

Queens of Infamy: Anne Boleyn
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A fun profile.

British Concentration Camps: A Response to Jacob Rees-Mogg
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Just in case you were not clear on the detail.

How was the Irish Border drawn in the first place?

It actually could have been worse...

January 1919: the Irish Republic, the League of Nations and a new world order
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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...

The Secrets of Lyndon Johnson’s Archives, by Robert A. Caro

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

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

It cannot be overthrown without destroying you: the Gallic empire and Brexit
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Fascinating from @_katie_low.

What Do Our Oldest Books Say About Us?
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Another London exhibition for my list.

Pompeii: Vesuvius eruption may have been later than thought
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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
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How the Yom Kippur war almost became a superpower conflict - fuelled by drugs and drink.

What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire?
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The German precedent is not very encouraging.

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