Tag Archives: Early Modern

20th December 1699: A new ‘New Year’

by Dr Andy Willimott Peter the Great’s reign was marked by an overriding desire to enforce reform on Russia, dragging it kicking and screaming in to line with many European practices. On 20 December 1699 (according to the Julian Calendar), … Continue reading

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16th December 1631: Vesuvius erupts again

by Prof Paul Davies Everyone knows the story of Mount Vesuvius and its destruction of Pompeii (79 CE), which remained hidden from the world until its rediscovery in the eighteenth century. Far less familiar is the volcano’s later eruption of … Continue reading

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History Talking: Series 1

Lancelot in conversation with a lady who is holding a small black and white dog. British Library MS. Royal 4 E.iii, fol. 146r. History Talking: Series 1 Presented by Dr Ruth Salter, produced by Dr Richard Blakemore.

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Amsterdam Conference

by Dr Richard Blakemore At the end of June, I attended a conference in Amsterdam to mark the 350th anniversary of the Dutch navy’s raid on Chatham dockyard in 1667. The raid is most famous for the Dutch capture of … Continue reading

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Christmas 2016: Indulgent Georgian Drinking (Chocolate Wine)

by Dr Ruth Salter There are many indulgent foods that are synonymous with Christmas today, but two of the key ones must surely be chocolate and alcohol.  True, the turkey and its trimmings are Christmas classics, but it’s those festive … Continue reading

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