Confronting Martin Luther’s ugly side.
The spiritual power of medieval relics meant that Jerusalem, or a dragon, could be remade anywhere.
In the aftermath of the Reformation, the authority of the pope depended ever more upon the will of the people.
The medieval insistence on clerical celibacy had dangerous and long-lasting consequences.
Muslims from Asia who wished to travel to Mecca on the Hajj were exploited by a trade in human cargo that grew with the opening of the Suez Canal.
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.