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Please refresh the page and retry. So accustomed are we to the destruction of Christian civilisation that we forget that the Christians did their share of wrecking, too. The Spanish invasion of resulted in carnage. Not exactly, says Mary Hollingsworth. E ngland, too, enriched itself in that era.
He sold himself as a designer of fortresses, bridges, dams and tunnels. He offered plans for weird cannons, catapults, armoured chariots and warships. Almost as an afterthought he added that he also liked to paint. The man who produced the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper was usually too busy to paint, too distracted by his ravenous curiosity. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Already a member? Log in.
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You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent. Buy now. This covers years of civilization at a canter, and is hugely rewarding. Everyone has heard of Marie Curie, but here are dozens of impressive scientific pioneers who may have slipped under the radar over the years.
He was a friend of the literary scholar and theatre director Dadie Rylands and had Guy Burgess as his pupil. Yet Runciman also wrote a string of major books on Byzantine history, most famously his three-volume History of the Crusades , and died at the age of 97 in It helps us rethink the Irish political sphere as a more contested, plural space than previous histories allowed. She contributes to the important task of writing multicultural elements into Victorian and Edwardian history. Her focus on activist, philanthropic women puts gender at the heart of this narrative. The question of how the popes felt about Britain is seldom discussed.