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Award-winning history playwright, Howard Brenton, whose previous plays include Anne Boleyn (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Drawing the Line (about the 1964 Indian Partition at Hampstead Theatre) introduces his latest play about T. E. Lawrence’s new life after Arabia

Ancient and modern: Tim Peake's photograph

By Dale Kedwards

A medieval map combined with a view of the Earth from space is a reminder of humanity’s ancient desire to chart the world from above.

By Marc-William Palen

US presidential candidates are reprising the arguments of a century ago.

By Dean Nicholas

A German map published in 1507 was the first to name the continent.

By Rhys Griffiths

Native America's post-war history in ten works of art. 

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Henry Street, Dublin

By Richard Cavendish

The attempt to overthrow British rule and found an Irish Republic began on April 24th, 1916.

By Jacqueline Riding

Few events have been as romanticised and misunderstood as the Jacobite Rebellion. And, as Jacqueline Riding explains, politics has brought its myths to the fore once again.

Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, Francesco Hayez, oil on canvas, 1867

By Tim Whitmarsh

There are to sides to every story but the survival of sources from antiquity means we do not always see both. Tim Whitmarsh calls for a more nuanced view of Jews in the Greco-Roman world.

By Simon Keynes

Simon Keynes argues that the reign of the famously incompetent king, who died in London a thousand years ago, is in need of reappraisal.

God’s general: St Ignatius of Loyola, by Daniel Seghers and Jan Wildens, 17th century.

By Richard Cavendish

Saint Ignatius of Loyola became General of the Society of Jesus on April 19th, 1541.