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Conspiring Against The Queen: The interrogation article icon

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Conspiring Against The Queen: The interrogation

Shown the torture possibilities of the Tower Of London, Lopez confessed. But was that genuine, or self-preservation?

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Renaissance Secrets: Secret of the Winter Garden: Meet our experts article icon

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Renaissance Secrets: Secret of the Winter Garden: Meet our experts

A brief introduction to some of the experts who helped tell the tale of the Winter Gardens

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Fashion in Renaissance Venice

Expensive fabrics were reused and refashioned many times to keep up with new styles - and records of rented clothing hint at how women were lured into prostitution.

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Printing Revolution

Before the printing revolution, books had to be written by hand, making them very expensive. Afterwards books became consumer products.

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Conspiring Against The Queen - The Prime Suspect

Roderigo Lopez was sPortuguese Jew who became physician to Queen Elizabeth I. Why was he considered a prime suspect in her attempted murder?

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Renaissance Secrets: Secret of the Winter Garden: Transcript article icon

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Renaissance Secrets: Secret of the Winter Garden: Transcript

Follow Claudia Swan's journey uncovering 1,800 valuable paintings - and some surprises about Renaissance life.

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Prostitution in Renaissance Venice article icon

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Prostitution in Renaissance Venice

The Venetian authorities became concerned that it was impossible to distinguish between courtesans and respectable women. Rules drawn up in 1543 determined what the courtesans could wear.

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What Did Gutenberg Invent?

Gutenberg is credited with having invented printing using movable type. It has been assumed that the process he invented around 1450 was the method that continued to be used for another 500 years. But Paul Needham and Blaise Aguera y Arcas have made a new discovery that throws doubt on that.

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Conspiring Against The Queen

In 1594 Roderigo Lopez was hung, drawn and quartered for trying to poison Queen Elizabeth I. Many historians have argued that he was framed - but David Katz believes he can prove his guilt.

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Renaissance Secrets: Secret of the Winter Garden

American art historian Claudia Swan travels from Krakow to Leiden on a mission to discover the secret of 1,800 priceless paintings hidden deep inside a Polish Library.

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Venice: A Second-Hand City? - Recycled Goods article icon

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Venice: A Second-Hand City? - Recycled Goods

The second-hand trade in Venice was well established, with clothing and furniture regularly borrowed and rented.

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Renaissance Secrets: Riddle of the Dome - Synopsis

The dome of Florence Cathedral is one of the greatest monuments of the Renaissance. But nearly 600 years after being built, it is only now beginning to reveal its secrets.

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