A testament to the human capacity for cruelty

St. Catherine and the Breaking Wheel — Public Domain


Hadrian’s Wall was used to “assuage the fears of those it supposedly guarded.”

Photo from Michael Hanselmann on Wikipedia Commons


“Death is probably mediated by the development of steam and consequent thermal injury to the airways,”

Photo by Jingming Pan on Unsplash


Atlanta is not a “city too busy to hate”

Le Petit Journal, October 7, 1906. Originally published on the Public Domain


I shudder to think of a world where John Hersey’s “Hiroshima” was not published

Photo from Carl Van Vechten on Public Domain


Some historians have recently been casting doubt on the narrative of Christian persecution

Photo from Henryk Siemiradzki on the Public Domain


Why FDA standards are so strict today

Thalidomide — Photo from Stephencdickson on Wikipedia Commons


Olympe de Gouges’ great struggle for women’s rights and the story that led her to the guillotine

Image by WikiImages from Pixabay


How the Assyrian Empire terrorized the ancient world

The flaying of Elamite chiefs by Ashurbanipal — from the British Museum on Wikipedia Commons


“The ship’s bottom, covered with barnacles, rasped upon the poor devils like nails”

A Tudor Period painting of Keelhauling — Public Domain

Frame of Reference

Stories from history in context.

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