“Apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?” The classic comedy of Monty Python’s Life of Brian sums up the modern perception that the Roman empire was a force for good. But there are darker aspects […]
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History by the River is a monthly panel event with a social buzz for lovers of books, history and good beer. It’s a chance to get together with fellow readers and authors to hear about the best new historical writing, then discuss it all over a drink afterwards. With the hottest historical debut talent of […]
Katherine Clements visits the new exhibition at
Rory Clements introduces an exclusive extract from his latest novel. In 1939, Jews in Nazi Germany
What does Ballykissangel have in common with the dirtiest book of the Victorian era? This coincidence I stumbled upon while researching the counterculture of London’s swinging ’60s – that is, the 1860s. What happens offstage, behind the action, in the Victorian novels we know so well? I sought specifics: where did Dorian Gray go that […]
Catherine Hokin tells the story of Birmingham activist and campaigner, Jessie Eden.
On the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, when some British women were