History Today

Frescoed shop in Pompeii, Luigi Bazzani c.1927. Wiki Commons.

‘If I was let loose in the archives of the Archaeological Museum in Naples I might never emerge.’

Ehecatl (left) and Mictlantecuhtli with 20 calendar day signs,  Codex Borgia, c.1450, Apostolic Library, Vatican City © Bridgeman Images.

An ‘almanac of destiny’ predicts the fortunes of the harvest.

A satire on the coronation of Napoleon: 'The Imperial Coronation', Thomas Rowlandson, 1804. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Shedding past light on recent royal scandal, four historians consider the future of an ancient institution.

2019 Covers

Were you paying attention in 2019?

A child carrying a panettone in Milan, 20 December 1958.

What tradition did Martin Luther begin? In what year was ‘Good King Wenceslas’ assassinated?

The effigies of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II at Fontevraud Abbey. Wiki Commons/ElanorGamgee.

Death, fealty, homage and power in 1199.

Interior of a Dutch printing office, Abraham von Werdt, coloured woodcut, 17th century. Bridgeman Images.

A selection of our favourite articles from the past year.

The Money Changers, Marinus van Reymerswaele (follower of), c. 1548. Wiki Commons.

When we ask historians which genre of history they like least, the most common answer is ‘economic’. Is the field unjustly maligned?

The Journey of the Magi to Bethlehem, from the east wall of the Chapel of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, by Benozzo di Lese di Sandro Gozzoli, c.1459 © Bridgeman Images

Three wise men, guided by a star, search for the new-born Christ.

Books of the Year 2019

Covering Hong Kong, the anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, porcine inebriation and the Battle of Algiers, nine historians select their favourite books of the past year.