Despite the myth of a lone genius toiling away into the night, history is a collective endeavour.
Historiography is one of the essential tools for unlocking the past. Without it, history is a bloodless pursuit.
The leading light of the French Annales school revolutionised the writing of history by imbuing it with wider, holistic, narratives and literary flair, says Alexander Lee.
Despite shifting priorities in education, the study of ancient and medieval history remains as important as ever.
In the debate over the term 'Dark Ages' the importance of Tintagel in early medieval Britain should not be forgotten.
In the 18th century, when women in scholarship were not encouraged and medieval languages were little-studied even by men, Elizabeth Elstob become a pioneer in Anglo-Saxon studies, her work even finding its way into the hands of Thomas Jefferson.
Adrian Leak looks at the life of Bishop William Stubbs, the last of the amateur historians and arguably the discipline’s first professional.