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On June 11, 1352, a series of trials were held against laborers from Wiltshire, England who had violated a 1349 ordinance that decreed that all laborers must accept the wages they had received in 1346. This is a rare specific date when we can look at the economic impact of the Black Death and how […]
Another reason I’m glad the U.S. broke free from these savages in 1776: Some 14,700 years ago, in a cave in southwest England, humans were dining on the flesh of other humans and drinking from their skulls. We know of these gory events because the Paleolithic inhabitants of this natural shelter—which is called Gough’s Cave […]

Thames Mud Butter

On July 1, 2014

Rebecca Onion’s latest Slate Vault piece is typically good, about pollution in the 19th century Thames River. She suggests reading this link at your own risk if you really like pollution stories

England’s long national nightmare may be over: A skeleton found underneath a car park in Leicester is expected to be confirmed as that of Richard III. The remarkable discovery of the remains, entailing a curved spine back and wounded skull, was made last September. Since then scientists have been conducting a range of tests to […]
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