Early Modern (16th-18thC)

For five centuries the legend of a Christian priest king, in Asia or in Africa, sustained the hopes of Europeans in their struggle with Islam. Those who joined the search for Prester John were looking for a man who was not there. 

With his Four Princes , John Julius Norwich uses four great rulers, each of whom was outsize in his own way, to cast light on their age and...

A French priest’s shocking attack on religion called for the fall of altars and the heads of kings. 

The 500th anniversary of the publication of Utopia is a chance to appreciate Thomas More in all his complexity.

One of the few occasions on which an early modern ruler interacted with his subjects was during a ceremonial entry into one of the cities in his...

We tend to think of the early modern city as one beset by foul, dangerous air and dank odours. Yet it also inspired a golden age of perfumery, explains William Tullett. 

Despite the modern obsession with a good night’s rest, more of us are sleeping less. Perhaps we should pay attention to the advice of early modern doctors, says Katharine A. Craik.

The discoverer of oxygen - a man of ‘singular energy and varied abilities’ - was, writes A.D. Orange, also a bold progressive thinker.

John E. Holehouse considers the factors that led to a sudden and rapid improvement in cartographic scope and technique from 1480 onward.