History Today

Michael Scott.

‘The most common misconception about my field is that classicists study a past that no longer impacts on our world today.’

Diane Atkinson Travels Through Time

In this episode of Travels Through Time historian and author, Diane Atkinson, takes us onto the streets and into the homes of Britain’s most militant suffragettes. 

The Virgin and the Unicorn, by Domenico Zampieri (Domenichino), fresco, 1604-5.

A mythological creature of extraordinary resilience.

Michael Palin Podcast. Travels Through Time

In the first episode of our new podcast, Travels Through Time, Michael Palin takes us aboard HMS Erebus.

Anglo-Irish relations: Henry authorises Dermot to levy forces in 1170, from J.W.E. Doyle's A Chronicle of England, BC55 to AD 1485 (1863). (Bridgeman Images)

In the first of a new series, we ask historians one of the burning questions of the day.

Paradise, by Lucas Cranach  the Elder, 1530, now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

The fall of man and the concept of Original Sin.

‘Les cosaques littéraires en action’, censors remove books from the king’s library, 18th-century engraving.

From the Thirty Years War to the ancient civilisation of Iran, from Anglo-American rivalries in the desert to the persecution of indigenous peoples, historians select their favourite books of the past year.

Helen McCarthy.

‘People can surprise you. They often don’t fit into the categories we impose on them.’

A papyrus leaf from the Book of the Dead of Imenemsauf.

The ancient Egyptian gods of creation and knowledge vanquish the ‘Lord of Chaos’.

Emily Jones.

‘Ideas don’t do things; people do.’