Women and the birth of England’s stock market.
Thoughts, opinions and commentary on all things historical.
The long history of no man’s land, from lawlessness and desolation to hope and regrowth.
How events in British India were leveraged in the debate over slavery.
The spiritual power of medieval relics meant that Jerusalem, or a dragon, could be remade anywhere.
A global trade in feathers, with London at its heart, saw hundreds of millions of birds killed every year. Emily Williamson waged a long and furious campaign against it.
Charges were brought against Peter von Hagenbach at the ‘first international war crimes trial’, held on 9 May 1474.
The general election of 1918 was a ‘cynical muddle’ held as influenza killed thousands across a country emerging from the First World War.
John Brown, the abolitionist firebrand, remains a potent figure in the United States’ febrile politics of race.
A signature in a collection of autographs reveals a story of Indigenous service that extends from Australia to Canada and Trinidad.
A thief who had been dead for more than a century caused a moral panic in the theatres of Victorian London.