Letters of Last Resort

Written in secret by the Prime Minister, the letters of last resort detail the UK’s nuclear response in the event the Government falls

Blackpool’s Ship Graveyard

Blackpool’s golden sands have claimed many ships over the years, from a modern cargo ferry to a former Royal Navy flagship

The Sacred Band of Thebes

The elite of the Theban army that repeatedly demonstrated their superiority to the famous Spartans, the Sacred Band was made up of 150 gay couples

The Devil’s Footprints

What was responsible for strange, cloven footprints in snow that appeared overnight over many miles?

The execution of Jean Calas

Two years after his brutal torture and execution for the murder of his son, a French merchant was found to be innocent

The Black Dinner

The murder of two young Scottish nobles served as the inspiration for Game of Throne’s ‘Red Wedding’

Fran├žois l’Olonnais

One of the most feared buccaneers, this French pirate with a taste for both torture and murder eventually met an end just as grisly as anything he had meted out

Operation Cottage

How the Allies took over 300 casualties invading an island that wasn’t defended