History

Simone de Beauvoir at the opening of her sister Helène de Beauvoir’s exhibition of paintings in the 1980s. (Sygma via Getty/ Eric Préau) We celebrate trailblazing feminist author and existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir on her birthday. Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir was born in Paris on 9 January, 1908. She is best known
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Kate Winslet played Mary Anning in Ammonite. (Natural History Museum Picture Library and YouTube/ BFI) Fossil hunter Mary Anning, portrayed by Kate Winslet in the film Ammonite, will finally be honoured with a statue in her hometown of Lyme Regis. Until recently, Anning, born in 1799, was almost forgotten by history despite being a pioneering
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Lily Parr (b. 1905) was a well-known lesbian footballer who lived her life proudly and freely. (Getty/Creative Commons) LGBT+ History Month is all about remembering our forefathers, foremothers and forepeople who paved the way for the rest of us, and there are few UK figures who are more trailblazing than chain-smoking lesbian footballer Lily Parr.
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One of the earliest portraits of William Shakespeare from 1623 (GraphicaArtis/Getty) William Shakespeare was “undeniably bisexual”, according to new research on the language of his love sonnets by two leading scholars. The legendary playwright’s sexuality has long been the subject of speculation and debate, but Professor Sir Stanley Wells and Dr Paul Edmonson believe their
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