Paul Lay

Lucy and Lucretius

A puritan translation of an Epicurean masterpiece fell victim to the pieties of its time.

Raise Your Words

A classic work of history, now 20 years old, reminds us of the power of continuing education for all. 

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.