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Yale University Press is to be congratulated on allowing Carpenter to explore so many aspects of 13th-century English government at such length. The glorious details — lamprey cooking included — are what make it a pleasure.

In July 1795, after a year away in the Pacific and Indian oceans, the merchant ship Nottingham sighted the English coast. Unfortunately, HMS Venerable spotted the Nottingham at the same time. The warship sent boats over …

The reason for the construction of Westminster Abbey’s spectacular Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries is a mystery that dates back nearly 800 years. But a London historian believes he has solved the conundrum through research that …

Arthur Machen was unusual among writers in relishing his bad reviews. He collected the worst of them in a book, of which we offered a sprinkling last week. Replacing Machen’s Precious Balms on the shelf, we had occasion to open …

Becoming a child-king at one of the most precarious moments in English history, Henry III had one thing going for him; he was not his father. King John, arguably England’s worst monarch, was succeeded by one who remains …

When the wealthy young Joseph Banks announced that he intended joining Captain Cook’s expedition to Tahiti to observe the Transit of Venus, friends asked why he didn’t instead do the Grand Tour.

Epidemics have never stopped being a fact of life and death for hundreds of millions of people across the world. Now that their presence has been brought home to all of us again (…) the old wisdom that saved …

There was always the hope that a person might venture to ‘lands of outlandish peoples and mystifying customs’ and return home bearing fabulous tales of, for example, alligators, ‘the shape of a newt …

When Donald Trump wonders aloud whether injecting disinfectant into people could help with Covid-19, we have a right to be worried. A right to ask whatever happened to the “aristocracy of talent …

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the Love Bug, the first global computer virus. Geoff White, the Technology Reporter for BBC News and the author of Crime Dot Com, managed to track down its creator.