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The Anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall

by Ann Cleeves This year marks the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall. According to a history written many years later, Emperor Hadrian visited Britain, one of the most far-flung regions of the Empire, in 122 AD. He decided he needed … Read the article The post The...

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The Terror: The Fall of the Throne and Altar

by Susan Cahill Throne and Altar, Altar and Throne. The two go together in pre-Revolution France as intimately as any two members of a royal family.  Saint-Sulpice, Paris. Photo courtesy of Marion Ranoux. Before the Revolution, popular religious faith was … Read the...

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Faulkner the Pilot

by Taylor Brown “This was 1915 and ‘16. I had seen an aeroplane and my mind was filled with names: Ball, and Immelman and Boelcke, and Guynemer and Bishop, and I was waiting, biding, until I would be old enough … Read the article The post Faulkner the Pilot appeared...

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Bomber Down

by Kevin Maurer Writing Damn Lucky was an amazing experience, but one of the frustrations was all the great stuff I left out because it didn’t fit into the narrative. This story is about a crash, a fisherman, and a … Read the article The post Bomber Down appeared...

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How to Find a Lost City

by Edmund Richardson So you want to find a lost city? Congratulations: you’ve joined an exclusive and perilous club. For hundreds of years, explorers, dreamers, scholars, and fantasists have fanned out across the world, in search of humanity’s lost cities. … Read the...

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The Winter War

by Tom Clavin Oops, Russia did it again. While that country’s historians might not be able to say so out loud, they must be appalled at the invasion of Ukraine and its thus-far unsuccessful outcome. Ignorance or defiance of history … Read the article The post The...

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The City Beneath the Mountains

by Edmund Richardson Beneath the plains of Afghanistan lie the remains of a fabulous city: Alexandria Beneath the Mountains, founded by Alexander the Great. For centuries, it was a meeting point of East and West. Then it vanished. In 1833, … Read the article The post...

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The Echoes of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive

by Jess Montgomery Throughout my Kinship Historical Mystery Series, I’ve woven events of the 1920s era into each novel. The series is inspired by Ohio’s true first female sheriff in 1925 and is set in the Appalachian region of Ohio. … Read the article The post The...

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The Gunfighter and the Explorer

by Tom Clavin 151 years ago, a journey to Africa began that would garner international fame. In March, Henry Morton Stanley set out from Zanzibar to find a missing British explorer. The intrepid Stanley would always be remembered for this … Read the article The post...

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Edith Cavell: A Martyr to Her Principles of Compassion

by Siân Evans As a new war erupts in Europe, Siân Evans recounts the tale of a heroic British nurse working behind enemy lines in Belgium during the First World War. Edith Cavell’s court-martial and execution by firing squad was … Read the article The post Edith...

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A Hero of the Revolution

by Tom Clavin Previously, I discussed Simon Kenton, friend to Daniel Boone and fellow legendary frontiersman. Today, it’s the turn of Daniel Morgan, another one of the colorful, larger-than-life characters to be found in Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone … Read the...

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Unknown History: The Siege of Berlin in 1948

We teamed up with the Unknown History podcast on Quick and Dirty Tips to bring you their latest series based on Giles Milton’s Checkmate in Berlin. Episode 10 discusses the Soviet siege of Berlin in 1948. When the Soviets cut … Read the article The post Unknown...

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Saving Daniel Boone

by Tom Clavin One of the more important figures in the Revolutionary War was Simon Kenton. What, you’ve never heard of him? He happens to be one of the especially intriguing characters in Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the … Read the article The post Saving...

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The Truly Legendary Queen Olga of Kyiv

by Nancy Marie Brown At a bend in the river Dnipro, where a stream flows in from the west and the ferries made their crossing, a fortress shone on a hilltop high above a busy trading town: The Vikings called … Read the article The post The Truly Legendary Queen Olga...

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Taking It to the Streets

by Tom Clavin March 5th is the anniversary of what became known as the “Boston Massacre.” While that title is familiar to many Americans, the event may not have gotten its due over the years, perhaps because there was a … Read the article The post Taking It to the...

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Smedley Butler: A Gangster of Capitalism

by Jonathan M. Katz Gangsters of Capitalism tells the unforgettable journey of America’s forgotten path to global power told through the incredible life of a Smedley Butler. Read on for an excerpt. A picture of a double medal of honor… Read the article The post...

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The Social History of Heiresses

by Laura Thompson I came to Heiresses by accident, during the course of researching another book. As I scanned letters and diaries by the usual suspects—Nancy Mitford, Cecil Beaton, James Lees-Milne—in search of information, I found myself intrigued by certain … Read...

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The Burning Bus

by Charles Person Captivating, yellow flame sought escape through broken windows of the Greyhound bus five miles outside of Anniston, Alabama. Billowing columns of bulbous black smoke heaved heavenward. My friends were on that bus. A segregationist mob trapped my …...

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