The defloration rite, 1484.
The Anglo-Saxons can teach us plenty about sex and the labels we assign to ourselves today.
These two powers have lurched between friendship and war for centuries.
Dutch painter Pieter Claesz’s Still Life with Turkey Pie (1627) features a cooked turkey that’s been placed back inside its original skin, feathers and all.
Most of the flavor combinations and traditions we've come to associate with the holiday date back to the Middle Ages.
Paul Meyerheim’s Victorian menagerie.
Exotic animal escapes are relatively rare today, but in the 19th century it wasn't unusual to find a tiger loose in the street.
The morning after November 13.
Terrorists have attacked leaders and civilians in France many times before, and for a dizzying array of reasons.
Keith Murdoch (right) with Prime Minister Billy Hughes during the first world war.
Tom D.C. Roberts has crafted a book full of remarkable insights into a central figure in Australian corporate and political history, a figure hitherto enveloped in family mythology: Keith Murdoch.
A new exhibition examines the meaning and enduring influence of the colour blue.
National Gallery of Victoria
Blue crops up in all sorts of idioms and registers. But, as a new National Gallery of Victoria exhibition demonstrates, there's more to the colour, and its long history, than meets the eye.
Günter Schabowski at his fateful press conference.
Günter Schabowski's press conference in November 1989 helped trigger the collapse of the Berlin wall. Was it really as much of an accident as we like to think?
Part of the ongoing debate: some papaya growers in Hawaii have planted a strain that has been genetically modified to resist a virus.
What explains the huge gap between US and European consumers on GMO foods? A short history helps explain.
Like many great challenges of the 21st century, the science identifying the problems with sugar seems clear. What's lacking is the will to address them.
Melisandre, a witch inspired by early modern history, burns Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones.
While Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin openly draws on medieval and early modern history in the worlds of his books, his subversive depictions of witchcraft make his female characters both intriguing and powerful.
Failed singer Graham McNamee was baseball’s first celebrity broadcaster.
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The first World Series radio broadcasts were a far cry from today's pricey television productions.
Shakespeare's plays have kept “this glorious and well-foughten field” alive, championing its power as a myth of national unity and heroism.
Great Comet of 1577, which Kepler witnessed as a child.
When Kepler was at the very height of his scientific career, his mother was accused of witchcraft.
Our past is under threat from "nighthawks" - illegal metal detectorists who go out at night to seek their fortune from protected ancient monuments. A Bristol archaeologist investigates.
Suffragette tells a story that is both of its time, and timeless - an historical struggle whose lessons, sadly, still need to be learned.
Anne-Marie Duff (Violet) and Carey Mulligan (Maud) in Suffragette.
Suffragettes were not merely nice (if slightly bonkers) posh ladies in impressive hats.
At the film premiere of Suffragette, Sisters Uncut’s Dead Women Can’t Vote campaigners protested against Britain’s domestic violence policies by featuring the colours of the Women’s Social and Political Union.
When Meryl Streep and the stars of the upcoming film Suffragette donned t-shirts emblazoned with the quote "I'd rather be a rebel than a slave," they reignited a contentious debate in feminism.
A rescue worker battling a bushfire in South Australia, 2015.
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