The medieval insistence on clerical celibacy had dangerous and long-lasting consequences.
Volume 71 Issue 1 January 2021
‘I’d like to meet the 16th-century Leo Africanus’
Those immersed in history are never alone, even when the company they keep is invisible.
What to do when a good joke becomes bad taste.
How an individual act of resistance in 1850s’ New York led to the desegregation of the city’s transit system.
The dark side of Harry Houdini.
When widespread vaccination was introduced there were objections – some justified, some not.
If we are to better understand the actions of men such as Hernán Cortés, we must place them in the context of a medieval world view that predated the nation state.
In the 70 years since History Today was launched, the way we engage with the past has changed, often for the better. But challenges remain.
The belief that you are what you eat emerged in 19th-century France, where the pleasures of the table were sautéed with philosophy and medicine.