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Book Review: “Minette” by Melanie Clegg

19 November 2017

Published by Madame Guillotine in 2013, Minette is the first part of Melanie Clegg’s two-part series of historical fiction books about Henrietta Anne, youngest daughter of King...

Galileo Galilei and the Medici: A Guest Post by Samantha Morris

6 November 2017

One of the greatest names associated with the Enlightenment of the Seventeenth Century is that of Galileo Galilei, the infamous polymath who ended up getting on the wrong side of the...

Fake History & the Story of the Whipping Boy: A Guest Post by Leanda de Lisle

2 November 2017

Fiction and other works of imagination have an insidious way of working their way into history. Stories that ring true, that look true, that appeal to our prejudices, become ‘fact’....

Book Review: “Nathaniel’s Nutmeg” by Giles Milton

29 October 2017

In the present day, most of us can easily find spices such as nutmeg, mace, and much more at our local supermarkets. It certainly wasn’t always that easy to obtain such exotic...