Early Modern (16th-18thC)

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. 

Ralegh's fateful attempt to discover El Dorado began on March 17th, 1617.

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

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. 

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.

Presided over by this difficult, capricious yet highly gifted London hostess, Holland House, wrote a contemporary diarist, became ‘the house of all Europe’. By Prudence Hannay.

During the eighteenth century female authors became increasingly numerous and industrious; while as readers, writes Robert Halsband, thanks to the spread of the new circulating libraries, women began to form ‘a significant sector’ of the literary public.

Anthony Babington describes life in an eighteenth century London prison for felons, debtors and rebels.