History Today

The six titles on the shortlist for our annual book prize.

‘People think curators sit about in armchairs drinking tea while occasionally peering at an object. It’s a little more high octane than that.’

Though it may seem strange to us, people in early modern Europe believed that mermaids and mermen existed. This map recounts some of the reported sightings. 

A master of the early Renaissance depicts the moment that Christians regard as the confirmation of Jesus’ divinity.

The historian of Roman literature on Augustus’ funeral and the world’s best museum.

In the first of a series on the myths and fables that inform the world’s civilisations, a tragic tale of hubris.

A series of panel discussions at the Institute of Historic Research.

We ask leading historians 20 questions on why their research matters, one book everyone should read and their views on the Tudors ...

From ancient Greece to the Second World War, from the papacy to the Antichrist, from Byzantium to China and the story of the Jewish people, historians select their favourite books of the past year.

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