History Today

In 1454, in the Rhineland town of Mainz, three friends formed a legal arrangement to produce an epochal object. An inventor, Johannes Gutenberg, a...

For the lesser-known members of the great Tudor dynasties, loyalties were divided. Should you support your king, queen or family?

Two imperial ventures, in the same Middle East town a century apart, reveal the similarities – and differences – in the exercise of power.

The modern belief that the Middle Ages was a time of ignorance and superstition means that we often end up believing fantastic stories, too, as the tale of a Czech preacher and his emperor demonstrates.

The prime minister at the time of Napoleon’s defeat was a keen observer of European politics. His government sought a balance of power on the Continent, but with minimal British engagement.

As the Battle of Britain raged overhead, the nation’s women were urged to salvage metal for the war effort. But was it just propaganda?

Daniel Ellsberg is well known as the whistle blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Less well known is that, at the time he copied the...

Canada’s treatment of its indigenous peoples has been described as ‘cultural genocide’.

The 1,200 square miles of mountains that make up the Alps have been both frontier and a venue for fun.

The cult of the quintessentially English saint was the product of the Vikings who defeated him.