The bones found under a Leicester, England car park intrigued the world. We now know they belong to Richard III, thanks in large part to the DNA of the Ibsen family of London, Ontario.
In World War Two, a Victorian mansion in the heart of England was headquarters for the Allied Central Interpretation Unit.
Harry Gordon Selfridge was a charismatic American from Chicago. He rose from
Margaret Thatcher was not Britain's first female MP, only its most famous. In 1919, Nancy Astor became the first woman in the House of Commons. Like Maggie, she was not a typical feminist.
"U-turn if you want to," she taunted her critics in 1980 "the Lady's not for turning." Her supporters loved her for it.
What ho, Jeeves! Did you know P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) may have had the longest career of any professional writer in history?
Writing and, sometimes, reading Russian history used to mean sifting through a mound of Kremlin "spin". Now, Russia : a history cuts through the myths.
He wasn't our most popular Prime Minister. To make matters worse, R.B. Bennett (1870-1947) destroyed his correspondence every seven years, enough to turn off any biographer.
Lincoln, the movie was destined for greatness. Now it has a 'making of' companion book which might be great in its own way.