A seance with Eusapia Palladino, early 20th century

By Simone Natale

The forgotten story of celebrity medium Eusapia Palladino and her seance tour of the United States.

Society woman: Pocahontas by Simon van de Passe, 1616

By Jane Dismore

Arriving as Rebecca Rolfe in 1616, Pocahontas’ trip to London was used to raise support for Britain’s struggling colonies.   

Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Moulin Rouge: La Goulue (1891)

By Anna Jamieson

Paris’ golden age of advertising bred a bold, exciting new art form and changed the face of the city.

School of Aristotle. Fresco by Gustav Adolph Spangenberg, 1883-88

By Edith Hall

Aristotle is so synonymous with learning that he has been known simply as ‘the Mind’, ‘the Reader’ and ‘the Philosopher’. Admired by both Darwin and Marx, Edith Hall explores his life and legacy.

By Kate Wiles

An introduction to the Norsemen.

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Two historians take opposing sides as Britain’s referendum on EU membership approaches. 

By Kate Wiles

A Japanese map produced during the Second World War encouraged children to follow the Empire's military effort, explains Kate Wiles.

By History Today

The myth of the executioner's mask reveals a great deal about the hidden horrors of state-sponsored murder. 

Henry VIII in 1531

By Lauren Johnson

Henry VIII's coronation was greeted with a sense of hysterical optimism. As Lauren Johnson shows, it would not last.

Members of the Danish Viking Olayers of Fredrikssund rehearse for a pageant marking the 75th anniversary of the Borough of Ramsgate, Kent

By Oren Falk

We might applaud the tall, blond and ruggedly handsome Vikings of pop culture as being historically accurate, but authentic engagement with the past requires more than just convincing hair and make-up, says Oren Falk.