History Stories
200 Years Ago, ‘Frankenstein’ Was Born During a Ghastly Vacation
March 9, 2018

As rain poured down, conflicts between Mary Shelley and her fellow vacationers reached a boiling point. Read More

How Napoleon Plotted One of History’s Greatest Prison Breaks
February 26, 2018

The French emperor escaped his island prison in plain sight. Read More

New Research Reveals Britain’s Oldest Ancestor Had Dark Skin and Blue Eyes
February 7, 2018

Known as the 'Cheddar Man,' the discovery of his skin color defied popular belief in Britain. Read More

Rats Didn’t Spread the Black Death—It Was Humans
January 17, 2018

Scientists now believe the plague spread too fast for rats to be the culprits. Read More

How Medieval Churches Used Witch Hunts to Gain More Followers
January 10, 2018

The Catholic and Protestant churches promoted themselves by persecuting witches, economists argue. Read More

The Tragic Austrian Empress Who Was Murdered by Anarchists
January 4, 2018

Inside the unhappy reign of Sisi, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. Read More

The History Behind Brexit
March 29, 2017

The often-rocky relationship between Britain and the European Union stretches back nearly half a century. Read More

New DNA Research Sheds New Light on Ice Age Europe
May 5, 2016

A new study of the genetic codes of Ice Age Europeans has given scientists insight into some 40,000 years of prehistory. Read More

1,500-Year-Old “Little Ice Age” May Have Altered the Course of History
February 10, 2016

A new study has proposed a link between a 1,500-year-old global cooling event and a period of prolonged social strife that included plagues, famine and the collapse of empires. Read More

European Unions Throughout History
December 9, 2011

As a financial crisis destabilizes the European Union, explore past attempts to unify the continent. Read More