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First look at the coinage of Charles III

We were recently given the first glimpse of the new coinage of Charles III issued by the Royal Mint and designed by sculptor Martin Jennings. Coins, for as long as they have existed, have played a role much greater than simply being a means of currency. Throughout the reigns of various Kings and Queens, they have acted…

Firefighting in the 17th Century

A little after midnight on Sunday 2nd September 1666, a baker’s shop on London’s Pudding Lane caught fire. As the smoke began to rise, the family living above rushed to escape through an upstairs window into the house next door – such was the close proximity of houses in the city’s winding cobbled allies. Still, it was…

James I and his ‘A Counterblaste to Tobacco’ 1604

It’s far from a secret that James VI of Scotland, who later became James I of England in 1603, considered himself, like most Stuart monarchs, divinely elected to be King. But central to this belief, for James in particular, was how he saw himself as the intellect among Kings. Indeed, he was arguably interested more…

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