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Just as we do today, people in the medieval period worried about their health and what they might do to ward off sickness, or alleviate symptoms if they did fall ill. Here, historian Toni Mount reveals some of the most unusual remedies commonly used… Monday 20th April 2015 Submitted by: Emma McFarnon Medicines in the… Read More


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In June of 323 BCE, Alexander the Great died and his vast empire was divided among his generals. One of these generals was Ptolemy I Soter, a fellow Macedonian, who would found the Ptolemaic Dynasty in ancient Egypt. The Ptolemaic line, of Macedonian-Greek ethnicity, would continue to rule Egypt until the rise of the Roman… Read More


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Two hundred years before Captain Cook, Dieppe map makers placed the Portuguese flag on a large land-mass called Java-la-Grande approximately where Australia appears on today’s atlas. Helen Wallis sifts through the cartographic evidence to examine the intriguing question. Jave La Grande’s east coast: from Nicholas Vallard’s atlas, 1547. This is part of an 1856 copy… Read More


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by Hugh Thomas 3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  · After many years of research, award-winning historian Hugh Thomas portrays, in a balanced account, the complete history of the slave trade. Beginning with the first Portuguese slaving expeditions, he describes and analyzes the rise of one of the largest and most elaborate maritime and commercial ventures in all of… Read More