Charles Sims R.A. (1873-1928)

By Graham E. Seel

Charles Sims's little-known mural depicts King John at Runnymede.
Thomas Jone Barker, 'An Incident at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815'.

By Gary Sheffield

Recent publications on the battle's anniversary.

By E.R. Truitt

The history of automata and the quest to recreate humanity.
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.
Princess Tsehai, Haile Selassie and Crown Prince Asfa-Wossen with Dr Martin, the Abyssinian Minister, June 4th, 1936,

By Daniel Whittall

A multiracial community of activists began organising rallies in the 1930s
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.

By Roger Hudson

Evolution and religion went head-to-head in a landmark case of 1925.


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.

By Rebecca Simon

Our fascination with pirates and the search for buried treasure continues to make headlines.

By Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis

Depictions of the human body in Greek sculpture.
The Salisbury Magna Carta

By Elaine Treharne and Andrew Prescott

New research has identified the scribes of Magna Carta.

By Kate Wiles

Explaining some of the key clauses in the Great Charter.