History Today

Hercules and Omphale

The cross-dressing saga of the Queen of Lydia and the most formidable of Classical heroes.

How Important was the Battle of Lepanto?

Fought on 7 October 1571, the great sea battle between Christian Europe and the Ottoman Empire was seen as a pivotal moment in history. Have its consequences been exaggerated?

September Quiz

Who was Catherine Parr’s first husband? Who was the last Aztec ruler?

Susanna and the Elders

An innocent woman resists two sexual predators, only to face a trial that reveals their guilt. 

August Quiz

Who was the most photographed American of the 19th century? Can you identify Henry VII?

On the Spot: Gordon Campbell

We ask 20 questions of leading historians on why their research matters, one book everyone should read and their views on historical drama …