The London Gazette

On 7 November 1665 The London Gazette, the oldest surviving English newspaper and the oldest continuously published newspaper in the UK, started life as The Oxford Gazette. Why the name change? When the Gazette was first published, the royal court had moved to Oxford to escape the Great Plague of London. After the plague dissipated, king and court moved back, along with the Gazette, which … Continue reading The London Gazette

Making History

All authors want to be published and relatively well known in their lifetimes. Some are. And a few of those (very few) actually manage to help change history. One of those was Thomas Paine, an Englishman whose pamphlet, Common Sense, helped drive the American Revolution and shape many of its core beliefs. The pamphlet was first published anonymously on January 10, 1776. It became an … Continue reading Making History