What was it like to grow up in the Middle Ages? In our latest Everything you wanted to know episode, Dr Emily Joan Ward answers your questions about medieval childhood. Speaking to Dave Musgrove, she discusses topics including education, how children were put to work, and what they did forContinue Reading

1 May 1169: Anglo-Normans land in Ireland for the first time Troops cross the Irish Sea to help a disgraced king regain his throne Dermot MacMurrough, king of Leinster has not had a good press. According to the historian Gerald of Wales, he was “a man who liked better toContinue Reading

30 April 1520 In a skirmish known as Cleanse the Causeway, supporters of James Hamilton, Earl of Arran and Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus fought a pitched battle in Edinburgh High Street. 30 April 1527 Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France conclude the Treaty of Westminster andContinue Reading

As Roosevelt scaled the rough-and-tumble political ranks of his home state, he wasn’t afraid of making enemies. Before becoming the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. cut his political teeth in his boisterous home state of New York—maneuvering his way from the state assembly to the NewContinue Reading

People march against student debt around the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. on April 4, 2022. Members of the Debt Collective, which describes itself as a borrowers’ union, called for President Joe Biden to abolish all student loan debt by executive order. President Biden pivoted sharply on studentContinue Reading

In the final episode of our series on the Black Death, Professor Mark Bailey and Dr Claire Kennan discuss the medieval pandemic’s dramatic social, political and economic impact. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, they use England as a case study to explore how it restructured society, with effects that were feltContinue Reading

Disclaimer: please note that this article is from a podcast transcript, which has been lightly edited for clarity By any measure, Oskar Schindler was a remarkable and complex man. His saving of some 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust, places him in rarefied company, and has seen him rightly lauded asContinue Reading

Amid the Cold War, a temporary solution to organize Germany into four occupation zones led to a divided nation. When the Allies celebrated Victory in Europe (VE) Day on May 8, 1945, the British military commander Bernard Law Montgomery cautioned his troops, “We have won the German war. Let usContinue Reading