Paul Lay

The Chosen Peoples

Oliver Cromwell’s desire to bring about the readmission of Jews to England was met with prejudice and opposition. But he succeeded, with help from powerful friends.

My Back Pages

Those who kept a diary in 2020 have provided a service to posterity.  

There’s a World Out There

If Covid-19 has taught us anything it is that the West – and that includes its historians – must expand its horizons. 

The Future of the Past

In the 70 years since History Today was launched, the way we engage with the past has changed, often for the better. But challenges remain. 

A Holy Trinity

A walk through the City of London provides chance encounters with its deep history.

Of Hair and Ale

The opening of hairdressers and pubs has a strange historical resonance.