What was there to fear from a medieval inquisition? For the inquisitors, quite a lot.
Mystery surrounds George McMahon who, having tried to assassinate Edward VIII, outed himself as an agent of a ‘foreign power’. Does the discovery of new Italian documents solve the puzzle or obscure it further?
Identified on 20 August 1763, Pompeii’s value was as a source of antiquities for Charles VII, king of Naples.
A Black Jewish man arrived in Venice with stories of a lost Jewish kingdom that could save Europe’s Jews. Why was he believed?
Edda Mussolini: The Most Dangerous Woman in Europe by Caroline Moorehead explores how Italy became enslaved by ‘a corrupt gang of warmongers’.
Does silence endure in Italy over Mussolini’s murderous regime?
Fascism would plague the 20th century, but when Benito Mussolini seized power in October 1922 few could agree on exactly what it was.
Surveying history’s various attempts to rehydrate Rome’s ‘desiccated corpse’.
Unmasking an audacious saintly fraud in early modern Naples.
Sentenced on charges of corruption on 27 January 1302, Dante Alighieri never saw the city again.