Alongside the great successes of Roman architectural feats were expensive failures. Who was to blame?
Volume 74 Issue 2 February 2024
Reading It Wrong: An Alternative History of Early Eighteenth-Century Literature by Abigail Williams argues that misunderstanding popular literature was a sign of its success.
General elections in Britain were once weeks-long affairs of corruption and chaos. The shift to one-day polling was slow.
Europe panicked when astrologers predicted a huge flood in 1524. When it failed to appear, astrology had to defend itself.
On 7 February 1497, the Piagnoni of Florence set sin ablaze in the original ‘bonfire of the vanities’
Guido Alfani’s As Gods Among Men: A History of the Rich in the West explores how history’s wealthiest men made their fortunes, but says little about why they did so.
‘I used to doubt that the changes undergone in western Europe’s “feudal revolution” were substantial; now, I’m inclined to accept that they were.’
Hollywood adored child stars like Jackie Coogan and Diana Serra Cary, but failed to protect them
Medieval historians are a small band. Departed greats such as James Campbell remain with us as long as we seek their opinions.
On the centenary of Britain’s first Labour government, three recent histories cast a sympathetic eye over Ramsay MacDonald’s nine months in Number 10.