The myth of the executioner's mask reveals a great deal about the hidden horrors of state-sponsored murder. 

One of the world's great bridges marks its birthday this week. But its distinctive design almost didn't come to pass.

The ruins of churches and cathedrals destroyed during the First World War. 

Creative medieval representations of elephants

How to look good in the 1700s.

All the winners from our annual event. 

An homage to history's greatest hirsute men.

A great historian of Poland and a survey of British Intelligence were among this year’s winners.

One of the great postwar publishing ventures and a highly original study of British attitudes to imperialism were among the winners at our annual celebration of excellence in history.

A slideshow of irreverent 18th-century drawings targetting Louis XV's favourite mistress.