The Blog

By Paul Lay

Paul Lay reflects on a recent trip to Naples, the closest thing Europe has to a living, breathing medieval city.

By Alexander Lee

As Cyprus attempts to solve its debt problem by targeting private assets, Alexander Lee finds some ominous lessons in 15th-century Florence.

By Alexander Lee

The discovery of 13 bodies in a London plague pit has helped to illuminate the murkier aspects of life in the 14th century, writes Alexander Lee.

By Alexander Lee

Following the surprisingly quick election of the first non-European pope in a millennium, Alexander Lee recalls some of the more controversial papal conclaves

By Rob Murray

A topical take on the last Plantagent ruler in this cartoon by Rob Murray.

By Christopher Winn

Christopher Winn looks at the history of London Bridge, whose most recent incarnation opened in March 1973.

By Paul Lay

Thomas DuBois discusses how the coming 'Asian century' might not be so different from the global order of the 19th century.

By Paul Lay

Paul Lay on the close relationship between music and history.

By Richard Huzzey

New documents released this week reveal the extent to which Britain benefited financially from the slave trade.

By Dean Nicholas

Newsreel footage shows the aftermath of the fire that burned through Germany's Reichstag on February 27th, 1933.

By Paul Lay

In this episode, Marc Morris argues that, contrary to received wisdom, the Normans did not enslave England's Anglo-Saxon population, but were in fact their liberators.

By Rob Murray

Neil Armstrong gets a surprise when he lands on the surface of the moon in this cartoon by Rob Murray.

By Dean Nicholas

Clips from some of the many cinematic adaptations of the enigmatic folk hero Robin Hood.

By Dean Nicholas

The 1933 attempt to break Charles Lindbergh's non-stop distance record ended in tragedy.