Charles Freeman

The Origins of the Shroud of Turin

Charles Freeman, surprised by the lack of research into one of the great unsolved mysteries, reveals for the first time his groundbreaking examination into the creation of the venerated object.

Guibert of Nogent: Brooding on God

Guibert of Nogent was a French abbot who found it difficult to adapt to the 12th-century Renaissance. Yet his writings are among the first works to examine man’s inner life, says Charles Freeman.

Threefold Mystery

Charles Freeman explains why AD 381 was a defining moment in the history of European thought.

Hadrian’s Hall

Charles Freeman visits the Eternal City, and finds the Castel Sant’Angelo, home to emperors and popes, to be the clue to unravelling its fabulously rich and complex history.

The Bridge of Venice

Charles Freeman visits a city that has been defined by its waterways – and above all, by its bridge.