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King John and Magna Carta. Wiki Commons.

‘Looking at medieval history through the prism of Max Weber is challenging.’

Great dane, 1949 © Mary Evans Picture Library.

No canine character has played a more crucial role in literature than Bendicò in Lampedusa’s The Leopard.

Statue of Bonhoeffer, Westminster Abbey. Peter Horree/Alamy.

The quiet resistance of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Landscape, 1889. Auguste Renoir. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Utopian ideas from an era that looked to the future with optimism.

The Triumph of Bacchus (Dionysus), c.1628,  by Diego Velázquez © Photo Josse/Bridgeman Images.

The long history of drinking games – and how to win them.

Mrs Blann casts her vote in the North Croydon by-election, 11 March 1948 © Getty Images.

Who was the first and only prime minister to be assassinated? How many people were in the Council of Ten?

Ben Jones

As human populations expand and their exploitation of the globe increases, so does their vulnerability to certain diseases.

Bolívar and Sáenz, wall painting by Gustavo Egüez, Caracas, 2009. Photo Bruno Pérousse 2009/akg-images.

154 years after her death, Manuela Sáenz was given a state burial on 5 July 2010.

The Flood, by Michelangelo Buonarotti, 1509, Sistine Chapel © Bridgeman Images.

Human suffering is at the heart of Michelangelo’s masterpiece.

Bather in the Woods (detail), Camille Pissarro, 1895. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A history of the clean body is also a history of societal expectation, technological innovation, class, privacy and spare time.