Last week, we had the announcement that the bacteria Yersinia pestis (i.e. modern plague) had been found in several seventeenth-century skeletons discovered during the Crossrail excavation at Liverpool Street. I have written before about the many people caught up in the devastating outbreak of plague in London and Lara Thorpe has already summarized the recent … Continue reading Poisonous Little Beasts
I’m absolutely delighted to be able to share the cover art for my new book 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire. The book follows the lives of many characters who lived through the extraordinary events leading up to and during the terrifying and triumphant year 1666. Continue reading 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire
I’ve written a blog for the National Maritime Museum ahead of my talk this Thursday. It examines the role the Earl of Rochester played in the 2nd Anglo-Dutch War: A Rake’s Progress Continue reading A Rake’s Progress: The Earl of Rochester and the 2nd Anglo-Dutch War
What a time to research the seventeenth century! Agreed, the year is not yet out. But while I have it in my mind, I thought I would pull together some of the exciting seventeenth century discoveries from the past 12 months – and there have been very many. Civil War Prisoners from the Battle of Dunbar … Continue reading A fine year for the seventeenth century!
It had been there for years and while I was aware of its presence, I’d never really looked at it before. The frame was old, mid-twentieth century perhaps. It was shabby, dark, and crumbling away at the corners. The glass was dusty and the glare of sunlight from my mum and dad’s kitchen window obscured the image underneath, … Continue reading Coveting the remnants of history
Hello! I want to share with you some exciting news. First, a little background: I’m a pretty pragmatic person – years of working in TV do that to you! I know just how remote the chances are of getting someone interested enough in an idea to persuade their company to invest in it. So when … Continue reading Some news…
Here’s my latest blog for History Today. I’ve been conducting some independent research into the people buried at the site of the current Crossrail dig and the blog deals with some of my findings. http://www.historytoday.com/rebecca-rideal/archaeology-remembering-ordinary-people Continue reading Crossrail: Remembering the ‘ordinary’ people