10 Facts About Guy Fawkes

10 Facts About Guy Fawkes   1. Guy Fawkes was born 13th April 1570. His father died when he was eight and his mother, a former secret Catholic,…

What was the population of the Ancient World?

Modern science has estimated that the number of homo sapiens worldwide by the time the species left Africa was probably in the low thousands. If this seems incredibly…

What is the difference between ancient history and prehistory?

Prehistory is the period before written history. It is that period of human history from which no documents or written clues to the lives of our ancestors survive….

How Did We Get To Isis? A Very Quick History of Islamism

What is Islamism? Islamism is a modern political concept which declares the integrity and validity of Islam as a system for living, as outlined in the Qur’an, which…

Who Was The Prophet Muhammad & How Did History View Him?

Sources For the Life of the Prophet Muhammad Unlike that of, for example, Jesus Christ, the life of the Prophet Muhammad is well recorded and its details are…

Do you know the Six Cradles of Civilisation?

Archaeologists and historians acknowledge six independent “cradles” of civilisation, that is, ancient civilisations which appear to have developed independently or semi-independently of each other. This is often seen as a…

A Very Quick History of Christianity in 10 Events

1. c.33 CE: Death of Jesus Christ Jesus’s death has been dated to around 33 CE. Christians believe that Christ is the son of God. However, if we…

A Quick History of the Somme

A Really Quick History: Why does the Somme matter? -Over 1 million British, German and French soldiers killed -Minimal gains on either side of the war -First use…

10 Great Referendums

1. Eritrea 1993 – After 30 years of war, the people of Eritrea in northeast Africa voted overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia – 99.8% voted yes in one…

What exactly *is* Prehistory?

Recently, a reader thanked us for providing them with an explanation of what exactly “prehistory” means. It’s one of those words which were often hear and think we…

10 Great Women of Islamic History

We often do not think of women as major actors in Islamic history. In fact, women played significant roles from the very earliest days of the religion, with the…

Was the Fourth Crusade really the greatest crime against humanity?

The great medieval historian Steven Runciman wrote: “There was never a greater crime against humanity than the Fourth Crusade.” He was referring specificially to the Crusaders’ sacking of…

Who was Confucius and what *did* he say?

Confucius was a Chinese writer, teacher and philosopher who lived from 551 to 479 BCE. His real name was Kong Qiu and was not called Confucius until Jesuit…

Who was the first atheist?

Atheism is the rejection of a belief in God. Although there had been traditions of atheism in the classical Greek world, there was no such tradition in medieval…

10 Great African Empires (Of Which You May Not Have Heard)

When Europeans first began to explore the African interior, they wished to describe a “Dark Continent”, a primitive place of mystery and danger. But this was a lie,…

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Quick History Blog: Which African king’s piety caused a global recession?

The Empire of Mali was a vast and powerful African Muslim empire that dominated much of medieval West Africa. It was regarded as one of the most important…

Quick History Blog: What is the history of the chilli?

Perhaps no cuisine is more associated with the alchemy of spices than India. The multi-layered, apparently endless flavouring system of the “masala” is intrinsically linked to Indian cuisine,…

Quick Question: What were women’s lives like in Medieval Europe?

Social and religious attitudes held a woman as entirely subordinate to a man, be it her father, husband, son, or other relative. Women were rarely educated at any…

Quick Question: Was Jesus Christ A Real Person?

No records for Jesus’s existence survive from the period before his death, which has been presumed as being in 33CE. The earliest source is the letters (epistles) of…