Volume 68 Issue 10 October 2018

The story of the ‘mythical centre’ of French cuisine reflects the triumphs and tribulations of its people. 

A medieval myth with deep roots that captured the imagination of western Europe’s age of chivalry.

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?

The Met opened its doors on 22 October 1883.

The two rivers where civilisation began.

The English republic was brought down by the same forces that brought it to power.

The national campaign for suffrage saw women forming societies from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

The rise and fall of José Luis Bustamante’s left-wing presidency.

The power and perils of reconstructing the music of Napoleon's time.

There can be few historical topics that pose more problems than the story of the Gypsies. How do you write a history of people who have tried so...
No one knows exactly when opium was discovered. Early evidence of its consumption was found in a Neolithic burial site near Barcelona, where it...
One reason why history continues to fascinate us, generation after generation, is that there are always new questions to ask, new ways to view the...
The cultural world inhabited and created in 18th-century Britain by three German princesses – Caroline of Ansbach (d. 1737), Augusta of Saxe-Gotha (d...
In 1454, in the Rhineland town of Mainz, three friends formed a legal arrangement to produce an epochal object. An inventor, Johannes Gutenberg, a...

Projects for a peaceful Europe go back centuries. Occasionally, they succeed – for a while at least.

‘Ideas don’t do things; people do.’

Blessed with beauty and wealth, California fails to come to terms with its past.