The Victorians were insane… but not in the way you might think. Guest blogger and author Felicity Banks tells us about some of the more unusual Victorian inventions.
The iron maiden is one of the most ubiquitous torture devices represented in art and literature. And yet, did it even exist at all?
When I was about 7, I read a Goosebumps book called Curse of the Mummy. Remember those books? The formulaic horror-lite for kids by R L Stine and his army of ghostwriters. Well, I loved ’em. Between me and my sister we practically collected the whole set. But curse of the mummy was my favourite […]
Recently, some fascinating archaeological research has come to light, placing new significance on the Neolithic sites of Stonehenge and Avebury. I’ve actually never visited Stonehenge, but I have seen several other neolithic circles, and in 2009 I got to visit Avebury. After Stonehenge, Avebury is probably the most popular Neolithic archaeological site in Britain. […]
So we all know that Vikings are pretty metal, right? Well, this is the story of a particularly badass piece of viking history that you might not have heard of; the Ulfberht – a unique type of sword made of crucible steel – a technology hundreds of years ahead of its time – and inscribed […]