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The dangers of the C17th female imagination

21 February 2018

In the days before modern medicine – indeed, the days when sex was so fluid that girls could spontaneously turn into boys if they got too hot (more on that another time?) –...

Podcast: C18th chat-up lines, with Dan Snow

14 February 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate, a look back at my chat with Dan Snow about love, romance and sex in the 18th century, including some of my favourite historical chat-up lines...

A call to arms, for Mary Wollstonecraft!

8 February 2018

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–97) was a pioneering figure in the fight for women’s equality. So why no statue? She was a remarkable woman: a devoted friend and sister, a traveller,...

How to have a historically accurate lovers’ tiff

6 February 2018

Some fiery couples just bloody love a good argument. In case you fall into this bracket, and want to get a bit creative while also appearing irresistibly historically accurate, look...