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A collection of articles reviewing some of histories most interesting, yet forgotten characters. If you would like to recommend someone for entry into Biographica Incognita please get in touch.

The people of the British Isle have a long history of conflict. From the earliest human remains found in Britain to modern conflicts this collaborative project aims to catalogue our more violent past.


Recent Posts

  • Sarah Huntingford: Things that go bump in the night
    Portsea, 1818 By 1818 Portsea was improving in status since the formation of the Portsea Improvements Commission in 1747. Slowly transforming what was little more than a slum for dockworkers into a tidy, if not entirely respectable urban area. They had ensured many of the streets, including Orange Street were… Continue reading Sarah Huntingford: Things that go bump in the night
  • A Toxic Remedy: Abuse
    For most of human history, in cultures all around the world, marriage was permanent. There were particular loopholes, if you accidentally married your sister for example. However, for the most part, once a lady entered into a marriage it could only be dissolved on the death of one party. Throughout… Continue reading A Toxic Remedy: Abuse
  • Edgar: A walk in the woods
    The tenth century was a time of extreme disruption in Anglo Saxon England. Fuelled with power, hormones and alcohol the “boy kings” of Wessex excelled at poor decision making, with one apparent exception. Edgar the Peaceable. Eadwig Before we look at Edgars reign it’s important to obtain some context by… Continue reading Edgar: A walk in the woods
  • Monarchs Reviewed: Henry I
    I’ve tried to avoid writing about great and grim English and British monarchs because it’s a path well-trodden elsewhere. However, in looking what is available out there I have noted some of my favourite King and Queens of England have either been largely mistreated or altogether forgotten. In this series… Continue reading Monarchs Reviewed: Henry I
  • Forgotten Figures: Kate Warne
    armed men and then a voice “you’re under arrest”. There was something unusual about the voice, the pitch was high, he looked up at the Pinkerton Detective in front of him, A Woman!
  • Forgotten Figures: Kubaba, The First Queen.
    The Sumerian Kings List catalogues the divinely appointed rulers of Sumeria. As you cast your eye down the list one name sticks out. Kubaba, the only Queen on the list of Kings. The divinely appointed sovereign who reigned for over a hundred years.