By Roger Hudson

Evolution and religion went head-to-head in a landmark case of 1925.
The American Bar Association's Magna Carta memorial at Runnymede.

By Alexander Lock

In no country is Magna Carta held in greater reverence than in the United States.
Knights and foot soldiers engage in battle during the war between Philip II of France and King John, French manuscript, 13th century.

By Sean McGlynn

Magna Carta was born of the loss of King John’s French territories and his desperate attempts to regain them.
Louis IX passes judgement in favour of Henry III at Amiens, January 1265, an idealised representation by Georges Rouget, 1920.

By Nigel Saul

Fifty years on from Magna Carta, a radical noble came into conflict with King John’s son.
A design for a pinery and orangery at Teddington, Middlesex, 1806.

By Annie Gray

People have always manipulated nature to improve their diet.
Thomas Jone Barker, 'An Incident at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815'.

By Gary Sheffield

Recent publications on the battle's anniversary.

By Colin Storer

Was the Republic really a hedonistic failed state?

By E.R. Truitt

The history of automata and the quest to recreate humanity.


Men in 'coffin beds'.

By David Brady

Homelessness was an acute problem in the 19th-century city.
A teacher of a Latin school and two students, 1487

By Rachel Moss

Trigger warnings allow people who might ordinarily find it hard to speak to find a voice.
William Frederick Yeames, The meeting of Sir Thomas More with his daughter after his sentence of death, 1872.

By HIlary Mantel

The following letter was published in our July 2015 issue.
Aï Keïta in the title role of Sarraounia.

By Paul Lay

Documentaries are too often full of simplicities and stereotypes. This needn't be the case.

By Dean Nicholas

One of the world's great bridges marks its birthday this week. But its distinctive design almost didn't come to pass.

'The Rape of Proserpina by Pluto', Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1621

By Mathew Lyons

Confronting the brutal facts of history can be difficult.
The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16th, 1834 by Joseph Mallord William Turner

By Rebekah Moore

Parliament has faced relocation and renovation before.
Maxim Gorky

By History Today

This month's quiz has questions on the First Crusade, Maxim Gorky and the Schnaebelé Affair.