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For a long time, the mentally ill were dumb and mute in literature. Inarticulacy surrounded those lumped together as Bedlamites: Jane Eyre’s classic “madwoman” in the attic, for instance, served as little more than a plot device, a thing to fear and loathe that got in the way of a Gothic romance.

Book review: Fatal Rivalry: Flodden, 1513, By George Goodwin

Five centuries ago, a well-equipped Scots army faced the English. The result shaped our history

Boxing clever: Chris Froome and Sky protect the yellow jersey on Stage 14

The Last Word: The ghosts of Tours past still haunt Chris Froome

If he wins rumours will persist and if he loses then Contador, a convicted cheat, will benefit

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‘Vampire' graveyard? Heads placed between legs of decapitated skeletons found in Poland

Rearrangement indicates ancient execution rituals designed to ensure the dead do not return to life, say archaeologists

Robin Thicke's video for 'Blurred Lines' has been criticised for condoning rape

After Youtube ban, Robin Thicke rejects 'ridiculous' claim that 'Blurred Lines' trivialises rape

The singer said he couldn't 'dignify ridiculous criticism with response'

Union support helped Ed Miliband defeat brother David, pictured in 2010

Nothing that Ed Miliband says on union influence on Labour will be enough to silence his many critics - on both sides

Sometimes leaders are trapped without an obvious escape route, as Miliband is now

One to watch: Rainy Milo, singer, 17

One to watch: Rainy Milo, singer, 17

Is this the new Neneh Cherry? Gilles Peterson snapped up her soulful pop song “'Bout You” which she had posted online for his compilation CD.

Neil Gaiman’s fantasy comes into its own on radio

New Sandman: Neil Gaiman returns to Vertigo comics

The Sandman is returning to Vertigo comics under the influence of writer Neil Gaiman.

Harold Bell Lasseter, seen right on a truck in Alice Springs in 1930, after finding nuggets ‘as big as plums’

El Dorado 'found' on Google Earth: Now expedition launched to retrieve legendary Australian gold

In 1929, Harold Bell Lasseter transfixed Australia with a tale of a quartz outcrop in the heart of the continent containing gold nuggets "as thick as plums in a pudding". He had stumbled across the reef, buried beneath sand hills in Western Australia's remote Gibson Desert, he claimed, while prospecting for rubies three decades earlier.

Dolce and Gabbana mined Sicilian mythology for inspiration. Plus, some eye-catching suits

Dolce and Gabbana earn their stripes in Milan

Dolce and Gabbana took to the catwalk just days after a guilty verdict in their tax-evasion case. Fashion editor Alexander Fury reports from Milan on a show full of drama... including a streaker

Teresa Palmer (left) and Nicholas Hoult in Warm Bodies

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard with her partner Tim Mathieson

'Is your partner gay?' Shock jock sacked over Gillard interview

Radio host widely condemned for live questioning of Prime Minister

Children living below the poverty line are now twice as likely to come from working families struggling on low incomes and falling wages than those whose parents are unemployed, official figures have revealed

Children in working families fall below the poverty line

Children living below the poverty line are now twice as likely to come from working families struggling on low incomes and falling wages than those whose parents are unemployed, official figures have revealed.

Trout of order: Waitrose staff refuse to fillet fish for customer... because it was too slippery

Customer told by supervisor that fish was too slippery to fillet

Coughs and sneezes spread diseases, but using public transport makes you no more likely to catch the flu, according to new research

Blasting a myth: Catching the bus makes you no more likely to catch the flu

Good news for commuters - doctors have suggested that, in spite of popular belief, people who use public transport are no more likely to catch flu than those who drive or cycle.

The French teen zombies coming to steal your heart

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Scientists develop mechanical leg brace to help take a load off
Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

Ackroyd has devoted his literary career to chronicling the capital and its characters. He tells John Walsh why he chose the master of suspense as his latest subject
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Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

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The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
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Hack Circus: Technology, art and learning

Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
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A look through the lens: 10 best compact cameras

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Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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The masterminds behind the election

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