History Matters

By Gemma Wheeler

A new old take on the Danish succession, complete with tales of derring do.

By Rhys Griffiths

From slavery, sugar and the worst of western colonialism to reggae and Rastafari.

Courtesy the artist, Hollybush Gardens and National Museums, Liverpool/International Slavery Museum. Installation view at Spike Island, Bristol. Photography Stuart Whipps

By Ella S. Mills

Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid’s artworks fill in the gaps that history leaves behind.

By Robert Greer

The Parisian pornographer who modernised literature.

Stele representing the "paiment of taxes", Jaumont limestone, 2nd-3rd century, Metz. Kept in Musées de la Cour d'Or

By Paul Kelly

Dealing with debt in the Roman Empire.


By Daniel Carey and Claire Jowit

A celebrated image of the first Thanksgiving presents an idealised view of a troubled relationship, argue Daniel Carey and Claire Jowitt.

By Louis Minakakis

An embattled emperor offered guidance to his successors in the shape of a ‘mirror for princes’.

By Tania McIntosh

Hospital or home birth has rarely been a simple choice.

By History Today

The inventor of the saxotromba, saxhorn, saxtuba and saxophone was born on 6 November 1814.

By Callum Easton

A tale of mutiny, scandal, post-mortem celebrity and repeated body snatching in the 18th century.