Articles by Kath Bates

Dr Kathryn Bates is a graduate of archaeology and history. She has excavated across the world as an archaeologist, and tutored medieval history at Leicester University. She joined the administrative team at Oxford Open Learning twelve years ago. Alongside her distance learning work, Dr Bates is a bestselling novelist, and an itinerant creative writing tutor for primary school children.

Was Richard I a Great King of the English?

As well as being a lover of the battlefield and tournaments, King Richard is also known to have enjoyed poetry and the songs of balladeers. Their work, it must be imagined, helped create the often rose-tinted view of Richard…

A Galaxy

Kepler: The Planet Hunter

The analysis of the data Kepler transmitted back to Earth will take decades of work to research, but despite the mission being over, the information gathered is still being received today.

The Doomsday Clock

What exactly is the Doomsday Clock?

Midnight is represents the moment of a worldwide apocalypse.

Scientific Research

Periodic Table 150

Mendeleev was forward-thinking enough to leave spaces within the table, with a mind to the chemical element discoveries of the future.

Viking Fire

The Vikings

The Old Norse phrase fara i viking (“to go on expedition”) meant piracy and robbery. However, even though Vikings may have begun as pirates, they soon realised that the resources and minerals available in Britain and across much of Europe were worthy of a more organised attack strategy.

Grigori Rasputin

The Mad Monk Rasputin

Rasputin’s association with the Russian Royal family grew to the extent that he began to undermine the dynasty’s credibility by the press.

The Houses of Parliament today

The First Representative Parliament

It was the rebel Baron Simon de Montfort… that innovated parliamentary representation.

The Interior of Mars

InSight: A Mission inside Mars

InSight will be the first spacecraft to concentrate on investigating what goes on beneath the surface of Mars.

Space Race

Is the Space Race back on?

Rather than government bodies such as NASA, it is the billionaires of America who have their hands on the controls for the next race.

Stan Lee

Stan Lee

Stan Lee’s superhero creations were legion…

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