Monthly Archives: April 2010

How beavers and fops saved America

Oh, alright. the title of this post is a little misleading. But, as may be becoming apparent, I can’t resist ridiculous animal history, and it turns out the humble beaver really did play a crucial role in the early chapters of the American story. Here’s the tale, quoted from Raymond Seitz’s review of Nick Bunker’s […]

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Marie Antoinette and her Children: The shocking accusations at Marie Antoinette’s Trial

The most striking thing about reading the record of Marie Antoinette’s trial before the Revolutionary Tribunal in October 1793 is realising what an astonishing mess the whole thing really was. In most other accounts, revolutionary justice always seems so swift, so merciless, so ruthlessly efficient. Many of those who stood trial before the Tribunal had […]

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