Book Review: Histories of the Unexpected

Based on their popular podcast, Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell’s ‘Histories of the Unexpected’ shows readers “how everything has a history.” Throwing out the window the usual format for a history book, nothing is chronological or arranged by subject, and there isn’t really an argument or conclusion. Yet the book certainly is a …

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The rightwise born King of all England

The pen might be mightier than the sword but swords understandably played a huge part in the carving out of historical dynasties. Their prevalent position in myth reflect this dominance and significance in history. Almost every school child curious about fantasy could name you a handful of fantastical weapons from their favourite fictional worlds; Sting, …

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