The first ‘New World’ reached by Europeans was not in the Americas, but in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, where previously uninhabited islands were transformed forever.
Britain’s largest intelligence agency marks its centenary this year. While its home is a distinctive architectural structure, what goes on inside remains little known.
Early modern historians, obsessed by widows and spinsters, have neglected the sexuality of other middle-aged women.
In the Victorian countryside, what did going to church on Sundays actually mean?
How did an executed English nurse become the unlikely protector of the German poet who pronounced her dead?
What do the tyrants of the 20th century have in common? Terror, confusion and quasi-religious followings.
As a frontline soldier in the First World War, the German artist Otto Dix fell under the spell of the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and his assault on Christian morality.
Medieval French monarchs used – and abused – the charismatic power of religious women.
The changing fates of one of France’s grandest castles are a microcosm for its history.
An alliance between Louis XIV and a Transylvanian prince was just one aspect of the Sun King’s ambition to dominate Europe.