Category: History

Daily History Byte: Norman women: the power behind the thrones

This article touches on four important Norman women: Gunnor, Emma of Normandy, Matilda of Flanders, and Sichelgata. History isn’t just about men but also about the women behind, beside, and in front of them. History tends to focus on kings, warriors and bishops – but a number of 11th-century women were hugely influential in war,

Daily History Byte: The forgotten men of the London Underground

The London Underground celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013. Click the link below to learn more about the history of the subway system in London as well as a link to a book you can purchase for more information. Remembering the ‘navvies’, the men tasked with the dangerous and back-breaking work of building the London

Daily History Byte: Meet the Woman Who Is Preserving the Smell of History

Cecilia Bembibre of University College London is cataloging the scents of old stuff. According to Atlas Obscura, her project “combines chemistry, electronic noses, and centuries-old English manor houses”. Her hope is to create formulas one would be able to follow to reconstruct these scents years down the road. One scientist’s quest to capture old scents.

Daily History Byte: New Thoughts on the Death of Ötzi the Iceman

In 1991, explorers found the corpse of an ancient man in the wake of a receding glacier. Named Ötzi, his remains date back to about 5300 years ago. His death has remained a mystery, but a recent conference has yielded some additional theories that may shed light on this enduring tale. Source: New Thoughts on the

Daily History Byte: The big debate: Was Edward II really murdered?

There are many mysteries in English history. One of them concerns the death of King Edward II. Most claim he died in 1327 (either by starvation or having a red-hot rod shoved in a most inconvenient location), and there are others who believe Edward survived well into the 1330s. In 2005, the bestselling historian Ian Mortimer