Volume 67 Issue 7 July 2017

An ethnically diverse country of kingdoms. 

Medieval hermits were the agony aunts of their day. 

Michael de Montaigne (1533-92), French, 17th century. (Bridgeman Images) Michel de Montaigne was not just the inventor of a genre, nor merely the...

Modern Britain is dominated economically, culturally and politically by London, its capital city. It was not always that way, as an examination of medieval texts reveals.

A 17th-century map by the founder of lunar topography, Johannes Hevelius.

In Renaissance Florence, church and civic bells frequently rang out across the city’s crowded soundscape. Their calls were far from impartial.

For most of history, different peoples, cultures and religious groups have lived according to their own calendars. Then, in the 11th century, a Persian scholar attempted to create a single, universal timeline for all humanity. 

Wild yet chaste, impudent and ageless, Sarah Bernhardt was inescapably Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, ‘the most splendid creation’.

Where does historical fiction end and ‘proper’ history begin?

Alexander Kerensky, the last Russian premier before the Bolsheviks took power, decided to continue the war with Germany. He and his country would pay the price.

The 19th and 20th centuries saw a revolution in Chinese forensic science, when traditional techniques were replaced by new methods from the West. Today, the world confronts another moment of transformation in forensic science.

The work of military nurses at Passchendaele transformed the perception of women’s war service, showing they could perform life-saving work and risk their lives at the front.

Britain’s entry into the Second World War ushered in a wave of anti-German sentiment, creating strange bedfellows across the political spectrum.

The coverage of a disaster in Chile revealed religious divisions among the world’s press.

With In the Name of the Family , Sarah Dunant continues her narrative on the campaigns of the Borgia pope, Alexander VI, to carve out a...
In The Making of the British Landscape , Nicholas Crane takes us on a remarkable journey through the deep history of these isles. En route,...
Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Berlin has emerged as one of the most historically and culturally fascinating cities. Germans have systematically...
The lives of six Victorian radicals shed light on the struggle to establish feminism, social reform and the Labour movement. This study of three...
From a priory hospital in the fields, to the Huguenots, Jack the Ripper and the Kray twins, Spitalfields has always been considered a place apart...