End of the Reign in Spain


The abdication of King Juan Carlos last month is the seventh time that the Spanish throne has been voluntarily vacated. While Britain’s own Edward VIII secured everlasting infamy by vacating his throne, it seems that…

5 Would-Be Queens of England


English history is littered with consorts of our monarchs. The vast majority were women, with the occasional man included where the monarch is female. But there were a few women who, were it not for…

Going for Gold


In the mid-1850s, thousands of hopeful and often desperate people signed up for seasickness, squalor, and hardship for the chance of a new life. Thanks to the Australian and American Gold Rushes, emigration was touted…