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Stories in Short
Her enemies made Jane stronger, but her lover struck a blow from which she might never recover.
by Clay Lane
Discovery and Invention
The Ladies’ Diary
A long-lived annual of riddles, rhymes and really hard maths aimed specifically at Georgian Britain’s hidden public of clever women.
The Lessons of Empire
The British Empire’s hostile breakup with India should have taught everyone two things: money cannot buy love, and power does not command respect.
by W. Somerset Maugham 1874-1965
Character and Conduct
A Little Savoir Faire
At the Berlin Congress of Powers in 1878, the draft of the Prime Minister’s
keynote speech had his anxious aides scuttling about like ants.
by George W. E. Russell 1812-1904
‘Macedonia Is Too Small for Thee’
Plutarch tells us how Alexander the Great came to bond with
Bucephalus, the mighty stallion that bore him to so many victories.
by Plutarch ?46-120
Merchants of Muscovy
In 1553, Richard Chancellor set out on a perilous voyage to
Russia in order to bypass the Hanseatic League’s customs union.
The Copy Book
Think and Speak