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Horace de Vere Cole and the Dreadnought Hoax

In his most brazen prank, Cole schemed to gain access to the HMS Dreadnought by getting his friends to pretend they were Abyssinian royalty. See more »

The Cato Street Conspiracy

In response to the problems urbanization and mechanization brought to Great Britain, a radical group plotted to kill the Prime Minister's cabinet. See more »

Aphra Behn, Writer and Spy

There's really not a lot concretely known about the life of Aphra Behn, who was the first woman in English literature to have made her living writing. See more »

Lady Jane Grey, the Nine-day Queen

For a very short time between Edward VI and Mary I, Lady Jane was, at least nominally, Queen of England and Ireland. See more »

Jamaica's Maroon Wars

Maroons are Africans and people of African ancestry who escaped enslavement and established communities in the Caribbean and parts of the Americas. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Jamaica's Maroon communities clashed with British colonial government. See more »

The Hagley Woods Murder

In 1943, a skeleton was found in a tree near Birmingham, England, launching a murder investigation which has never been conclusively solved. See more »

The Cod Wars

A fishing territory dispute between Iceland and the U.K. started off with a cordial tone, but escalated into a serious conflict. See more »

Thomas Day’s Quest for the Perfect Wife

Thomas Day decided that the only way to have a perfect wife was to create one. So he adopted two orphans and attempted to train them. See more »

Knitting's Early History

Because of its functionality in providing needed clothing for humans, knitting has been around for a long time. Exactly how long isn’t entirely clear, but we do know a good bit about how knitting has traveled with us humans through time. See more »

Sophia Duleep Singh, Part 2: Suffragette Princess

Sophia Duleep Singh's education was focused on turning her into a proper lady, in line with her status as a princess. But she also became deeply involved in the Women's Social and Political Union, a radical arm of the women's suffrage movement in Britain. See more »