Historical

Historical stories

Pirate Hunters

The gripping true story of bitter rivalries on the high seas, a brilliant 17th-Century pirate captain, and the two adventurous men determined to find his treasure. Captained by English nobleman-turned-pirate Joseph Bannister, the Golden Fleece was a pirate ship sunk by the Royal Navy in 1686 taking with it many fortunes’ worth of gold. When…

The Iron Knight

1410 A.D. – Battle-hardened warrior and favored of the king, Sir Lucien de Russe is called the Iron Knight because of his indestructibility in battle. An older knight, Lucien is entering his fortieth year and has seen a good deal in his lifetime. But having sustained fairly serious wounds in the most recent rebellions against…

Serpent.

1283 A.D. – Edward I is in the midst of his campaign to tame the Welsh, but rising from the chaos is a Welsh knight known as the Serpent. Bhrodi ap Gaerwen de Shera is a warrior of tremendous range and power. Descended from the kings of Anglesey on his mother’s side and the earls…

London – A day on the Tube

One day in the life of the Tube. This visualisation shows 562,145 journeys on the network, from a 5% sample of Oyster-card journeys during a week in 2009. One coloured dot equals one person: direction of travel and use stands out particularly during rush hour. Being a born and bred Londoner, I’ve always loved travelling…

‘Violence more common’ in Bible than Quran, text analysis reveals

An analysis into whether the Quran is more violent than the Bible found killing and destruction occur more frequently in the Christian texts than the Islamic. Investigating whether the Quran really is more violent than its Judeo-Christian counterparts, software engineer Tom Anderson processed the text of the Holy books to find which contained the most…

How Does ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Look on a Map?

“It’s a bit of a sinister landscape,” author and illustrator Andrew DeGraff says of his hand-painted map inspired by the 1963 sci-fi classic A Wrinkle in Time. The stunning map, which took DeGraff around 140 hours to create, uses colored lines to represent each fictional character’s journey through the galaxy of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved children’s…