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by Rebecca Sanders
Up to the early modern era, the coconut was considered an exotic rarity from the New World. It was believed not only to protect against poisoning, but also to show sophistication.
by Andrea Franzen
The colour black hints at death, sorrow and oblivion. But black is more than just a synonym for dark times. It’s also a staple of the fashion world.
by Dominik Landwehr
With the advent of printing, from the late 15th century onwards printed news reports could be produced and circulated for the masses. In many cases, these reports were composed in the style of today’s tabloid media.
by Adrian Baschung
What’s the link between a vicious domestic brawl from the 17th century and a modern-day comic book?
by Michael van Orsouw
Today coronavirus is spreading fear, alarm and uncertainty – 100 years ago, it was tuberculosis and the Spanish Flu that cut a deadly swathe through Switzerland.