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Boris Johnson’s rule is a throwback to the 18th-century golden age of sleaze

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Corruption is a word used nervously in the UK. We’re quite happy applying it to other countries; but in Britain even critics of the status quo can be surprisingly reluctant to describe as corrupt our society’s tight, ...

Fragment of lost 12th-century epic poem found in another book’s binding

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A fragment from a 12th-century French poem previously believed to have been lost forever has been found by an academic in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Dr Tamara Atkin from Queen Mary University of London was researching...

Greek revival: how Corfu’s 14th-century ghost village came back to life

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The corniche road that winds along Corfu’s north-eastern coast takes me past forested coves and dreamy beaches that draw thousands of tourists each year. But while most visitors base themselves in one of the numerous ...

Enigmatic 15th-century tapestry displayed after four-year clean

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A 15th-century tapestry with a mysterious history, the oldest owned by the National Trust, is returning to display after experts spent four years cleaning and conserving it. The tapestry at Montacute House in Somerset...

Meat-rich diet of 14th-century monks caused digestive issues, research finds

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It may have seemed a good day for medieval monks when a papal decree allowed them to start eating meat including mutton, beef, pork and venison. It was not so good for their bowels. Research by English Heritage sheds ...

19th-century bronze tortoises returned to Dorset mansion after 30 years

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Four 19th-century bronze tortoises stolen from a historic mansion nearly 30 years ago have, in an appropriately slow way, been recovered and returned to their rightful home. The National Trust on Wednesday announced a...

19th-century artwork inspires restoration of Devon estate

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A 19th-century painting found in the archive of a Devon country house is being used to help inspire the 50-year restoration and enrichment of the estate. The artwork depicts a healthy and diverse landscape at Killerto...

The Great British Art Tour quiz: a 17th-century selfie, a scallop and a small dog

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As museums and galleries finally reopen, our Great British Art Tour comes to an end with a quiz to celebrate some of our favourite discoveries from the series. Have you been paying attention?Each of these works, and t...

National Trust to recreate 19th-century Norfolk woodland using RAF photos

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The National Trust is reconstructing a 19th-century landscape in Norfolk using an Edwardian survey map and aerial photographs taken by the Royal Air Force after the second world war. The £190,000 project at Oxburgh Ha...

Missing 16th-century Spanish armada cannon recovered by police

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Spanish police have recovered a 16th-century bronze cannon that may have been carried on one of the warships in the ill-fated second Spanish armada, a fortnight after it went missing from the seabed where it had lain ...

Arabian coins found in US may unlock 17th-century pirate mystery

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A handful of coins unearthed from a pick-your-own-fruit orchard in the US state of Rhode Island and other random corners of New England may help solve one of the planet’s oldest cold cases. The villain in this tale: a...

Paris Louvre recovers 16th-century armour stolen nearly 40 years ago

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The Louvre museum in Paris has announced the recovery of a set of gold and silver-encrusted Renaissance-era armour – nearly 40 years after it was stolen. A military antiques expert alerted police after being called in...