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THE REAL CLEOPATRA. 23 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

When I first wrote about Cleopatra I was considering making her blonde. Many historians had suggested she was fair. Her Macedonian heritage made it entirely possible. But you can’t! my editor told me, when I first suggested it. Everyone knows … Continue reading

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WHY THE POPE COMMITTED GENOCIDE

Or … 13 things Dan Brown didn’t tell you Dan Brown sold a couple of books about ten years ago based on the conspiracy theories of three men called Lincoln, Baigent and Leigh. They had done some research around a … Continue reading

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22 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT JOHN F. KENNEDY

It is fifty years to the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, but his life – and death – continue to fascinate. He was certainly one of America’s most charismatic Presidents. But how much do you … Continue reading

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DO YOU KNOW WHO KILLED PRESIDENT KENNEDY?

Friday is the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It was the end of Camelot; the death of the last great US President. Only it wasn’t like that. It was nothing like Camelot and Jack had more enemies … Continue reading

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THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT THE SHOCKING TRUTH

16 THINGS A WAR CORRESPONDENT WILL TELL YOU War correspondents have existed as long as war, and that is a very, very long time. Before modern war journalism, accounts were written at the end of a conflict, such as Thucydides … Continue reading

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13 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT CHE GUEVARA

We’ve all seen his face so many times, it’s almost as if we knew him personally. The iconic image of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara is one of the world’s most objectified images, found on an endless array of t-shirts, … Continue reading

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The Great History Hoax

There is no such thing as history. Facts happen. The First World War happened. But who started it, and why – this is the story we tell ourselves later. It’s an opinion, it doesn’t exist outside the mind of the … Continue reading

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HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW THE ONES YOU LOVE?

Can we be sure we really know someone, even if they’re family, even if they’ve been a part of our lives for over twenty years? Last week Mary commented on my blog about the many ways we can interpret history … Continue reading

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YOU BE THE JUDGE

Call the accused. You are Edward Plantagenet, King Edward the Second of England, son of the one they called Longshanks,? This is a farce. I am the king, I am answerable to no one. You are charged by History with … Continue reading

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1774 AD: THE WORLD’S FIRST PROGRAMMABLE COMPUTER

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