The medieval insistence on clerical celibacy had dangerous and long-lasting consequences.
Was Nero the Antichrist? The bestial image of the Roman emperor persists in popular culture, but the truth is more complex.
The cultural politics of papal Rome.
With the aim of converting souls rather than punishing them, the Jesuits were vital collaborators in the Roman Inquisition.
In the Victorian countryside, what did going to church on Sundays actually mean?
Medieval French monarchs used – and abused – the charismatic power of religious women.
King Minos and the Minotaur remain shrouded in mystery and mythology, yet evidence of a Bronze Age ‘Bull Cult’ at the Minoan palaces abounds. Were bulls merely for entertainment or did they have a deeper significance?
The devastating fire at Notre-Dame destroyed more than just bricks.
A study of cultish rituals in Roman Britain reveals a cross-fertilisation of religions.
An unsolved Renaissance mystery casts light on the dark world of extortion, revenge and power politics at the heart of the Catholic Church.