He who laughs last, lives longest?
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Prince Philip died at 99. Living to such a ripe old age isn’t unusual for UK royals. Nor is it surprising, argues an expert on aging and longevity.
European fairytale: the uniting of the royal houses of Britain, Greece and Denmark in 1947.
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The marriage of the future British queen and her consort was part of an ancient tapestry of royal intermarriage in Europe.
Wedding gown bodice, circa 1836.
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The tradition of a bride garbed in white weaves through two thousand years of history, influenced by the Romans – and Queen Victoria.
Graveyards were important locations in Victorian life.
Not sure if you’re paying the right price for your tree? The Hotelling equation modified by Faustmann can help.
A Protestant tradition with pagan roots, the Christmas tree is now a global phenomenon. It also reveals much about market economics, so let’s climb on the sleigh and take a ride around this holiday item…
George Eliot (1819-1880), aged 30.
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Born the same year as Queen Victoria, Eliot faced similar life choices to many young women today
A satirical photograph from 1901, where men’s and women’s dress and jobs are switched.
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For most of the Victorian era, people thought it was normal for men and women to be treated differently, and judged by different standards.
The anti-transportation ‘ladies petition’ from 1850 is one of the first concrete examples of political engagement by women in the NSW colony.
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A newly-discovered petition from 1850 provides rare evidence of what might be women’s first moment of political activism in Australia.
The Young Mother, by Charles West Cope.
In an act of ‘mummy-shaming’ to rival anything today’s internet has to offer, Queen Victoria is thought to have named a cow in the royal dairy after her daughter, who had decided to breastfeed.
Emperor Tewodros II giving an audience surrounded by lions.
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Ethiopia is a storytelling nation in which Emperor Tewodros has a special place.
You never know …
At least one second daughter of a second son of the British monarch has ended up on the throne in her own right.
Ethiopian books and other materials, such as this ancient Bible, are in great demand.
For Ethiopia, there is no connection between the Maqdala war in 1868 and the stolen treasures at Maqdala
A diverse history.
Witan hexateuch via Wikimedia Commons
The Anglo-Saxons were written into history by their descendants.
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Although some experts still disagree about the cause of Prince Albert’s untimely demise, the most likely culprit seems to be the bacterium Salmonella typhi.
Lord Louis Mountbatten, viceroy of India, met with Indian leaders to discuss partition.
The partition of India led to more than a million deaths. A scholar argues how British royal, Lord Louis Mountbatten, who hurriedly drew the new borders in secret, was largely responsible.
Highly technical: the Victoria Sponge.
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The Queen-Empress had a notoriously sweet tooth.
A cartoonist’s impression of Trollope in 1872.
The Victorian author has a lot more to offer than you might think. Find out where to get started.
Elizabeth has reached a milestone only one other Monarch has achieved.
This weekend, Britain will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Bunting and cream cakes will turn neighbourhood roads into street parties and a flotilla of 1,000 boats will sail down the…