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The real reason for the fall of Rome? Climate change

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? It’s a question that’s been puzzling writers ever since Edward Gibbon wrote The History…

Love rats: Paris’s sentimental struggle with its rodents

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Paris’s sentimental struggle with rodents

View looking towards the west façade of old St Paul’s Cathedral. On the right are the ruins of St Anne’s, Blackfriars. On the left, flames engulf Ludgate, one of the gates of the City of London

The Great Fire of London’s silver lining

3 September 2016 9:00 am

It was the brightest of futures; it was the End of Days. Three hundred and fifty years before Brexit, England…

A jaunty romp of rape and pillage through the 16th century

11 October 2014 9:00 am

The Brethren, by Robert Merle, who died at the age of 95 ten years ago, was originally published in 1977,…