Black death skeletons reveal pitiful life of 14th-century Londoners. DNA from emaciated London Black Death skeletons matches modern plague bacteria and supports airborne theory of spread Vanessa Thorpe The Observer, Saturday 29 March 2014 18.01 EDT Black death researchers extracted plague DNA from 14th century skulls found in east London. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA The 25… Read More


Today, 1913 is inevitably viewed through the lens of 1914: as the last year before a war that would shatter the global economic order and tear Europe apart, undermining its global pre-eminence. Our perspectives narrowed by hindsight, the world of that year is reduced to its most frivolous features—last summers in grand aristocratic residences—or its… Read More