The ‘Historians for Britain’ campaign believes that Britain’s unique history sets it apart from the rest of Europe.
Emperor Frederick II (1194-1250) has long been a favourite of biographers, particularly in Germany, where he reigned as Holy Roman Emperor, and in...
A sea voyage in the 12th century was a perilous undertaking, as a Spanish Muslim courtier’s account of his crossing of the Mediterranean demonstrates. Yet, explains David Abulafia, it was also a test of one’s religious devotion, whether Muslim or Christian.
David Abulafia considers Columbus’ first encounters with the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, and shows how they challenged European preconceptions about what it meant to be human.
David Abulafia reassesses the life and motives of a notorious ruler and the complex web of Renaissance diplomacy involving him which led up to the Italian wars.
Courtliness in the Middle Ages is hard to define, because the sources are by and large the product of a set of values which they further serve to...
In his book The Sicilian Vespers, Sir Steven Runciman wrote: 'The massacre was one of those events in history which altered the fate of nations and of world-wide institutions. To understand its importance we must see it in its international setting.'