The court of William Rufus, son of the Conqueror, was known as a ‘brothel of male prostitutes’.
Eighty years ago, the Atlantic Charter set out the terms for the decolonisation of French North Africa.
The correspondence between Mary Hamilton and the future George IV is often seen as evidence of a harmless crush in the Georgian court. It was nothing of the sort.
Mao Zedong once said that Taiwan should be independent, but the Chinese Communist Party has since changed its mind. How Chinese is Taiwan?
In the decades before the First World War, Polish mountaineering became a form of nationalism for a lowland people.
Female explorers of the 19th century demolished Victorian notions of stay-at home women. But why were they so vehemently anti-feminist? The case of Mary Wollstonecraft may hold the answer.
Is Kazakhstan 30 or 556 years old? As the five states of Central Asia celebrate three decades of independence, they prefer the glories of the ancient past to the legacy of Soviet rule.
The victory of the Greeks over Persia in 480 BC was more than just a landmark in naval warfare. It shaped the way the past is understood.
Can we trust historical archives? State-run collections of documents are prone to abuse both by those who use them and their gatekeepers.
The House of Lords, often in the shadow of the Commons, asserted its power during the reigns of James I and his son, Charles I. But it would be eclipsed by civil war.