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.

The First Voyage of Captain Cook

Captain Cook

In 1772, Cook was promoted to full Captain and was given command of two ships, the Resolution and Adventure, to look for the Southern Continent. His explorations continued until he was 50 years old, when his interest in the lives of native populations caused his downfall…


Swords are Drawn

Battle of Edgehill: English Civil War Begins

King Charles was in conflict with his Parliament because he believed in the Divine Right of Kings; that the monarch should be able to rule however he liked.


The Mary Rose: The Tudor knowledge raised with a Shipwreck

The Mary Rose is a time capsule of Tudor life. Historian David Starkey referred to it as, “Britain’s Pompeii.”


The First Blood Transfusion

This was a radical procedure at a time (1818) when the majority of medical professionals still tried to cure most complaints by draining blood from a patient rather than replacing it.


Edgar Allen Poe

Poe’s only driving force was his need to write.


Why are the novels of Agatha Christie still so popular?

For many, it’s about trying to solve the mysteries yourself, before the featured detective does. All the clues necessary are provided throughout the story, but very rarely are the solutions obvious.


The World’s first Flu Pandemic

“… It was in late October and November of 1918 and early 1919 that higher death rates occurred, when people with flu symptoms began to crowd into hospitals in panic, and thus spread the disease further.”


To touch the Sun: The Parker Solar Probe

As it travels, the satellite will pick up speeds of 430,000mph, making it the fastest man-made object ever.


The International Day for the Remembrance of Slavery

The International Day for the Remembrance of Slavery is also a timely reminder that although slavery is illegal in every country in the world it has not disappeared.


The repellent Wuthering Heights of Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights stirred emotion with an honesty Victorian society simply wasn’t ready for.


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