Peter Burke

The Great Unmasker: Paolo Sarpi, 1552-1623

Described by Bossuet as “a Protestant in friar's clothing,” Sarpi was an historian who saw that religion might be a cloak for political designs and, as Peter Burke describes, organised his historical writings around this point.

Picturing History

Peter Burke describes how the study of visual sources has extended the range of historical enquiry.

The Fabrication of Louis XIV

Peter Burke looks at how images and the image-makers made the Sun King appear as the larger-than-life 'top ruler' of 17th-century Europe.