1592: Coining Columbus

For many the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas is inextricably linked to a particular image: a small group of confident men on a …Continued

Olaus Magnus’s Sea Serpent

The terrifying Great Norway Serpent, or Sea Orm, is the most famous of the many influential sea monsters depicted and described by 16th-century ecclesiastic, cartographer, …Continued

Athanasius, Underground

With his enormous range of scholarly pursuits the 17th century polymath Athanasius Kircher has been hailed as the last Renaissance man and “the master of …Continued

The Krakatoa Sunsets

When a volcano erupted on a small island in Indonesia in 1883, the evening skies of the world glowed for months with strange colours. Richard …Continued
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