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On our latest podcast, author @francescawade  talks to us about her new book 'Square Haunting', which tells the stories of five remarkable women who all lived on the same London square in the interwar years

The past stinks: an on-the-nose guide to the pungent smells of 18th-century England

“As they changed into their dress uniforms, the unmistakable sound of cannon fire could be heard in the distance; the officers knew an engagement was imminent…”

Constantine the Great wasn’t only the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity, but also a ruler who unified and hugely strengthened the empire. Philip Matyszak evaluates the achievements of the man seen as the first modern European

“The Duchess of Richmond’s ball became the stuff of legend, forever remembered as the glamorous prologue to the horrors of the battlefield at Waterloo…

From getting down on one knee to the leap year proposal: a brief history of proposing marriage | @EJBrand 

Who was Rani Lakshmibai, the heroic queen depicted in the hit Bollywood period drama film ‘Manikarnika’?

Hilary Mantel’s ‘The Mirror & the Light’ focuses on the final four years of Thomas Cromwell’s life. This also happens to be one of the most dramatic periods in British history, as @TracyBorman  reveals here…

“The strains of the waltz gave way to sounds of an army on the move: artillery wagons rolling and cavalry horses clattering over the cobbles…”

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75 years ago today, Allied forces launched the largest seaborne invasion in history, marking the beginning of the campaign to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation #DDay75  #DDay  #WW2  #DDayLandingL #LestWeForgetanding

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"The truth is there is no written evidence that 31 October was linked to the supernatural in England before the 19th century" #Halloween 

"No one questions military history, because we all accept large scale violence as normal, but because sex is naughty people can act as though studying sexuality is just a bit of a giggle," says Dr Eleanor Janega ()

#OnThisDay in 2013, archaeologists confirmed that a skeleton discovered in a Leicester car park was, as they suspected, #RichardIII … #OTD 

How an African man named Yasuke became Japan’s first foreign-born samurai (via @BBCNews )

When 21 Sikh soldiers stood against 10,000 men: the battle of #Saragarhi 

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