Julie Peakman

Death and dead bodies have been an obsession of humans for as long as we have existed. This examination of history’s various disinterments and...

Oral history breathes fresh life into a deadly battle of the Second World War.

Wendy Moore draws us into the illustrious world of Professor John Elliotson, while exposing the challenges between new and traditional medicine and...
Seeing the Virgin Mary is the dream of dreams for many Catholics. Although generally ambivalent about such visions, the Vatican has investigated and...

Life for the poor in 18th- and 19th-century Ireland was hard and, for many women, prostitution was the only option. But the bawdy houses were rife with disease and police did little to protect women from violent customers.

Do the dead matter? This is the central question in this meticulously researched, all-encompassing exploration of our mortal remains. At its heart is...
Physicians recommended aphrodisiacs to assist fertility during the 17th century, with foods such as oysters, sweetbreads and caviar considered good...
In this scholarly but immensely readable book Matt Cook explores the domestic interiors of homosexual men at various times from the end of the 19th...

Adopting the guise of a man was a path to influence for medieval women. It could be a dangerous one, too.

When a London gentleman, Thomas Day, was rejected after proposing marriage to his best friend’s sister, he decided to create for himself ‘The Perfect...