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London Sewers & London's Main Drainage. London Lives 1690 to 1800 ~ Crime, Poverty and Social Policy in the Metropolis. 1820: Louis Pierre Louvel, anti-Bourbon assassin. June 7th, 2014 Headsman On this date in 1820, Louis Pierre Louvel was guillotined at Paris’s Place de Greve for murdering the heir to the French throne.

1820: Louis Pierre Louvel, anti-Bourbon assassin

Louvel (French link) was a Bonapartist saddler, so embittered by the return of the ancien regime that he vowed on the day of the Restoration to exterminate all the Bourbons. While his attempt to greet the returning Louis XVIII in April 1814 with a dagger came to naught, Louvel’s patience paid off six years later. Whitechapel murders. Most, if not all, of the victims—Emma Elizabeth Smith, Martha Tabram, Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, Mary Jane Kelly, Rose Mylett, Alice McKenzie, Frances Coles, and an unidentified woman—were prostitutes.

Whitechapel murders

Smith was sexually assaulted and robbed by a gang. Tabram was stabbed 39 times. Nichols, Chapman, Stride, Eddowes, Kelly, McKenzie and Coles had their throats cut. Eddowes and Stride were killed on the same night, minutes and less than a mile apart; their murders were nicknamed the "double event", after a phrase in a postcard sent to the press by someone claiming to be the Ripper. Riot Act. The Riot Act booklet from Britain, early 20th century.

Riot Act

The Riot Act[1] (1714) (1 Geo.1 St.2 c.5) was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain that authorised local authorities to declare any group of twelve or more people to be unlawfully assembled, and thus have to disperse or face punitive action. The act, whose long title was "An Act for preventing tumults and riotous assemblies, and for the more speedy and effectual punishing the rioters", came into force on 1 August 1715. It was repealed for England and Wales by section 10(2) of, and Part III of Schedule 3 to, the Criminal Law Act 1967. Introduction and purpose[edit] The Riot Act of 1714 was introduced during a time of civil disturbance in Great Britain, such as the Sacheverell riots of 1710, the Coronation riots of 1714 and the 1715 riots in England. Main provisions[edit] Irish Citizens Can Finally Criticize Henry VIII's Marriage to Anne Boleyn. 0 5ShareNew.

Irish Citizens Can Finally Criticize Henry VIII's Marriage to Anne Boleyn

Whiskey Rebellion. The Whiskey Rebellion, also known as the Whiskey Insurrection, was a tax protest in the United States beginning in 1791, during the presidency of George Washington.

Whiskey Rebellion

The so-called "whiskey tax" was the first tax imposed on a domestic product by the newly formed federal government. Piracy. Piracy is typically an act of robbery or criminal violence at sea.


The term can include acts committed on land, in the air, or in other major bodies of water or on a shore. It does not normally include crimes committed against persons traveling on the same vessel as the perpetrator (e.g. one passenger stealing from others on the same vessel). The term has been used throughout history to refer to raids across land borders by non-state agents. Piracy or pirating is the name of a specific crime under customary international law and also the name of a number of crimes under the municipal law of a number of States. It is distinguished from privateering, which is authorized by national authorities and therefore a legitimate form of war-like activity by non-state actors.[1] Privateering is considered commerce raiding, and was outlawed by the Peace of Westphalia (1648) for signatories to those treaties.

Those who engage in acts of piracy are called pirates. Etymology[edit] History by region[edit] Podcasts and Downloads - History Clips: Victorians. History & Mystery. Women at the Tudor Court. (last updated 12/15/2013) The following are taken from a variety of sources, including a great number of biographies.

Women at the Tudor Court

Of particular use were Janet Arnold’s Queen Elizabeth’s Wardrobe Unlock’d, Barbara Harris’s English Aristocratic Women, Maria Hayward’s Dress at the Court of Henry VIII, two doctoral dissertations and entries in the L&P. All individuals marked with an * have entries under their maiden names in Kathy Lynn Emerson’s A Who’s Who of Tudor Women, as do some individuals whose names are not marked. I'm slowly cross-checking and adding these. It's probably worth taking a look at the Who's Who even if there isn't a * there yet. To go to the WHO'S WHO index, click here: V&A and The National Archives. Jack the Ripper. Jack the Ripper Transform your history classroom.

Jack the Ripper

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Victorians 1850 - 1901. The world's largest empire is governed from Whitehall.

Victorians 1850 - 1901

Our collections offer an invaluable insight into the politics of empire and the daily lives of its citizens. Our massive photographic holdings covering Britain and its colonies vividly bring the period to life. Topics Selling the Victorians Has advertising changed from Victorian times? Key stage 2 - 3 Victorian lives How different were Victorian lives from ours? History. 7 HISTORY. Egypt. 7 HISTORY. 25 maps that explain the English language. By Libby Nelson on March 3, 2015 English is the language of Shakespeare and the language of Chaucer.

25 maps that explain the English language

It's spoken in dozens of countries around the world, from the United States to a tiny island named Tristan da Cunha. It reflects the influences of centuries of international exchange, including conquest and colonization, from the Vikings through the 21st century. Here are 25 maps and charts that explain how English got started and evolved into the differently accented languages spoken today. Sumer. The irrigated farming together with annual replenishment of soil fertility and the surplus of storable food in temple granaries created by this economy allowed the population of this region to rise to levels never before seen, unlike those found in earlier cultures of shifting cultivators.

This much greater population density in turn created and required an extensive labour force and division of labour with many specialised arts and crafts.

The Tudor Period

Ancient Egypt. Britain's Past. The Ancient World. Past Horizons. Secret Bunkers In The UK. Britain Express. Smuggling. The Victorian Era. Ships & Shipwrecks. Historic Houses In England. Industrial Revolution. Age of Enlightenment. The Age of Enlightenment (or simply the Enlightenment, or Age of Reason) is an era from the 1650s to the 1780s in which cultural and intellectual forces in Western Europe emphasized reason, analysis and individualism rather than traditional lines of authority. It was promoted by philosophes and local thinkers in urban coffeehouses, salons and masonic lodges. It challenged the authority of institutions that were deeply rooted in society, such as the Catholic Church; there was much talk of ways to reform society with toleration, science and skepticism.

New ideas and beliefs spread around the continent and were fostered by an increase in literacy due to a departure from solely religious texts. Publications include Encyclopédie (1751–72) that was edited by Denis Diderot and (until 1759) Jean le Rond d'Alembert. Byzantine Empire. The Byzantine Empire, alternatively known as the Eastern Roman Empire, was the predominantly Greek-speaking eastern half continuation and remainder of the Roman Empire during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Its capital city was Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul), originally founded as Byzantium. Western Roman Empire. Roman Empire. Ancient Rome. In its approximately 12 centuries of existence, Roman civilization shifted from a monarchy to a classical republic and then to an increasingly autocratic empire.

Three-age system. The three-age system in archaeology and physical anthropology is the periodization of human prehistory into three consecutive time periods, named for their respective tool-making technologies: Jomon pottery, Japanese Stone Age. Origin[edit] Prehistory. Ages of Man. Stonewall riots.