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Oliver Cromwell’s grand designs, the Anglo-Saxon case for rewilding and literary history.


THE PROTECTORATE 

Imperial Designs

A massive fleet set sail for Hispaniola in 1654 to conquer the Spanish Caribbean island for the Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell. Things did not go to plan.

ANGLO-SAXON

The Wolf Must Be in the Woods

The scarcity of wolves in medieval England probably contributed to their fearsome reputation.

LITERATURE

Portrait of the Author as a Historian

From Stefan Zweig to Svetlana Alexievich, our series profiling writers who confronted history through literature is now available to read for free.

Q&A

On the Spot: Paul M. Cobb

Twenty questions with historian of the Islamic world, Paul M. Cobb. ‘Tudors or Stuarts? Bickering tyrants of a petty island kingdom.’

INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

A (Working) Woman’s Place

As the Industrial Revolution wrought widespread social changes, female cotton industry workers’ lives changed dramatically.
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