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Discovering Pompeii - review

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Posted on: 7 June 2024

It was just after midday. The sun was high in the sky and radiating heat over the Roman town. Most people sought shade, perhaps beneath a portico or under a tree. The family of four hurried down the...

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Posted on: 1 June 2024

12 to add to the pile from last month with a common theme of colonial conflict - from Yale and Slavery, encounters between indigenous Australian people and the British, the Spice Trade, and the direct...

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Conquered - review

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Posted on: 24 May 2024

This is a fascinating description of what happened to certain Anglo-Saxon (and Anglo-Danish) individuals and families in the years immediately following the Norman Conquest. But as the author herself...

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Posted on: 21 May 2024

This website started in May 2021, three years ago today. This post is a reflection on how it is all going: what it has achieved, what it has not, what may be still to come. This is split into two...

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Arise, England - review

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Posted on: 17 May 2024

Can you predict the actions of any individual? Can you even predict what you will yourself do tomorrow? Of course, for most of us for most of the time, what we choose to do tomorrow won’t have much...

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Posted on: 1 May 2024

A few more on the shelf this month compared to last, with a couple that may even qualify for blockbuster history book status, if you are an E Cline or a Z Badawi fan... Click the book covers to see a...

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The Nirvana Express - review

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Posted on: 19 April 2024

My first step on the road to enlightenment occurred about ten years ago in the offices of an accounting firm in London. I was sitting in a meeting room with about twenty actuaries, my eyes closed...

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Posted on: 1 April 2024

March always seems to be a slower month for history books for some reason that I can't entirely fathom, but there's enough to be getting on with! I've shared a few notes below on a few that I would...

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Footmarks - review

Book cover for Footmarks

Posted on: 8 March 2024

The world’s oldest bum print can be found in Tuc d’Audoubert cave, in AriΓ¨ge, France. A team of archaeologists and skilled trackers, interpreting footprints on the cave floor that had been undisturbed...

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