History Matters

Thoughts, opinions and commentary on all things historical.

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‘The Valley that Waits for Drowning or Reprieve’: Capel Celyn, Merionethshire, 27 February 1957.

Can Welsh history be separated from British history, or are they too intertwined?

Touching the divine: Shiva as Lord of the Dance, bronze, Chola period, 10th-11th century.

Lal Ded was a pioneer of Kashmiri poetry, who raised the consciousness of the common people and challenged ideas of caste, religion and gender.

Resurgence: Ernst Remer, leader of the Socialist Reich Party (SRP), addresses a meeting, c.1951.

Many people have been accused of trying to establish a Fourth Reich, but what was it?

Dustmen, drunkards and washerwomen: ‘Petition Mongers in full Cry to St Stephens!! Beware of Wolves in Sheeps Cloathing’, by Isaac Cruikshank, 1795.

What’s the point of petitions?

2019 Longman Shortlist

The six titles on the shortlist for our annual book prize.

Prolix puritan: Richard Baxter, engraving on a 19th-century bookplate.

William (‘Willie’) Lamont (1934-2018) changed our understanding of religion and the civil war.

Fulvia with the head of Cicero, by Pavel Svedomsky, 19th century.

Without political power of her own, Fulvia wielded that of her husbands. 

Every generation has its own Robin, adapted to fit the needs of the time.

Here’s looking at you: the anatomy of an eye, from Opticae Thesaurus (1572), German, woodcut.

The father of modern optics could not have succeeded had he not feigned madness.

General de Gaulle on 18 June 1940 in the recording studio of the BBC at Broadcasting House, London.

The relationship between France, Germany and Britain is at the heart of the European story. Three historical figures embody it.