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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Predicting the Fall of Anne Boleyn

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This week: Heresy spreads across Europe, secret treason in the Tudor court and a history of the Panama Canal. For more, subscribe here.


Predicting the Fall of Anne Boleyn

In his pursuit of the queen, Thomas Cromwell was guided by a prophecy foretelling treason. 


Building the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal project has always attracted insane optimism, corruption and disaster. The US took control of it on 4 May, 1904.


Hidden but not Lost

Writing a history of transgender people poses unique problems and there is limited time in which to do it.


John Wycliffe Condemned as a Heretic

The English theologian was condemned by the Church Council of Constance on 4 May, 1415. Fortunately for Wycliffe, he was already dead.


On the Spot: Helen Castor

Tudors or Stuarts? Rome or Athens? Braudel or Gibbon? We put medieval historian Helen Castor on the spot.


Redbeard in Italy

Though destined to become the standard work on Frederick I for decades to come, a new study of the German prince fails to illuminate his motivations. 

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