1 William Wallace’s watershed case The Scot’s trial proved there was little to prevent kings from using treason laws to pursue vendettas On 23 August 1305, William Wallace was convicted of treason at Westminster Hall in London. He then suffered the gruesome fate of the male traitor: hanging, drawing and
1 Tycho Brahe’s mural quadrant The brass quarter-arc that helped an unorthodox Danish astronomer compile the world’s most accurate set of star data Tycho Brahe was no ordinary 16th-century astronomer. Following an unfortunate duel he wore an artificial nose, and he supposedly died from a burst bladder at a feast.
After successive school years disrupted by shutdowns, isolation, and mass experiments in remote teaching, educators returned to school in Fall 2021 to find that our classrooms and students had changed. In the first days of the return, perhaps, we didn’t see the full scope of the changes. Yes, most of
1 August 1589: Henry III suffers a fatal knife attack A religious fanatic assassinates the last Valois king of France The Wars of Religion raged in France throughout King Henry III’s reign, dividing the people between Catholics and Huguenots (Protestants), threatening royal authority – and leading to a brutal attack
Purchased by the British crown from Lord Elgin in 1816, the Parthenon Sculptures were presented by parliament to the British Museum, where they have remained ever since. Greece has disputed the British Museum’s ownership of the sculptures, maintaining that Lord Elgin removed them illegally while the country was under Turkish
The founder of Vertex Partnership Academies, a nonprofit charter school network, Ian Rowe, joins Paul Peterson to discuss the opening of Vertex Academies, a new charter high school set to open this month in the Bronx, New York City. Follow The Education Exchange on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher
Among the diseases and afflictions encountered throughout history, leprosy is perhaps second only to plague in its associations with suffering, disfigurement and death. Images of sufferers cast out from society, forced to live in leprosy colonies and advertise their condition with a bell, have become clichéd portrayals of medieval leprosy
31 July 1703 Daniel Defoe spent the last of his three days in the pillory after being convicted of seditious libel. He was surrounded at the pillory by his supporters, thus sparing him the indignities normally suffered by those sentenced to such a punishment. 31 July 1932 In Germany’s federal