Studying 13th-century work habits reveals a surprising contrast with American workers of today

Incredible as it may sound, the average modern American puts in longer hours at his or her work than the average medieval peasant.

While many people feel pressure to work long hours, even the hardest-hit victims of the “gigs economy” might assume that at least they don’t work as hard…

How Charles Dickens drew from bitter and anguished feelings about his own childhood to create some of the story’s most moving characters

It may well be the most beloved Christmas story ever written. Charles Dickens’ novella, originally titled Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, was published on December 19, 1843, and sold 6,000 copies by Christmas…

The conspiracy in 17th century England has taken on many meanings

On Thursday, May 20, 1604, five Catholic men gathered at a house behind St. Clement’s Inn to rage against the decades of repression suffered by their friends and families, nursing their grievances against the new Protestant king of England…

What caused Elizabeth I’s death and why didn’t she leave a will?

On Wednesday, March 18, 1603, as the defeated Hugh O’Neill, rebel leader, made his preparations to surrender in Ireland, Queen Elizabeth, victorious monarch, resided with her court at the Palace of Richmond. The royal household of some 1,700 people had moved there on January 21st in “very foul and wet…

The mystery of the hijacker who resembled a businessman has never been solved

It was November 24, 1971 and a rainy afternoon in Portland, Oregon. A man walked up to the flight counter of Northwest Orient Airlines. He wore a dark raincoat, a dark suit with a skinny black tie, a clean white shirt, and loafers. He appeared to be in his forties…

The star suddenly died just as he was finding fame in America

On July 20th, 1973, Bruce Lee, 32 years old, was one of the most revered martial arts practitioners in the world, a student of philosophy, and a charismatic actor whose hotly anticipated film Enter the Dragon was a month away from release.

This was also Bruce Lee’s last day alive.

Nancy Bilyeau

Passionate about history, pop culture, the perfect bagel. Author of 5 historical novels. Latest book: ‘Dreamland’

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