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The study of history has traditionally focused on the actions of individuals and groups of human beings, identifying them as the key agents in an ongoing drama. But more recently some historians have…
There's a deeply based assumption that the secular is something that exists in the ether, that it's a concept that makes sense globally and back through time. But in fact, this is wholly…
Young Pepys
Samuel Pepys is best known for his diary, which he kept from 1660 until 1669, when he gave it up over fears of his eyesight failing. As such, his views are often quoted over the Restoration, the…
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What does the history of doors have to do with Viking death? How are Roman walls subversive? And how on earth does the history of puppets link to the struggle for freedom in the Second World War?…
Arminius and Calvin
Since the establishment of the Church of England under Elizabeth I, a myth has been built up - and perpetuated by historiography - that showed puritans as a dangerous group, seeking to turn the world…

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Moon landings
How much do you really know about the Moon landing in 1969? Try the 50th anniversary quiz and find out!
Name the historical character from their on screen depiction
Can you match the following film and TV characters to the real historical character? See if you can get over 70%!
Valentine's Day
How much do you really know about the history of Valentine's Day?
Remember, remember, the 5th of November, but how much do you remember about the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605?
Liberty Leading the People - Eugène Delacroix (1830)
The French Revolution has been called the defining moment of the Enlightenment and the modern era. Whether you love it or hate it, find out how much you know about it!

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Dan Jones
Dan Jones is a medieval historian and best-selling author who regularly graces our television sets with programmes on subjects as diverse at canals and the Great Fire of London. His most recent book…
Tom Holland
Tom Holland is an award-winning historian, biographer and broadcaster, writing extensively on the ancient world and medieval Europe and the Near East. His latest book is Dominion​​​​​​​, a study of…
The History Tellers
The History Tellers, a.k.a. Stephen ‘Abs’ Wisdom and Alex Burnham, are two historian/performers who aim to bring fun yet fact-filled history to life. Having crossed paths with them for several years…

Latest Reviews

Hitler Years Triumph
The first volume of 'The Hitler Years' is not just another popular history of the Third Reich: it is a masterclass in the history of Nazi Germany, with an internationally renowned expert as…
Dan Jones Crusaders
Dan Jones's 'Crusaders' is an exceptionally well-written – and relevant – rip-roaring tour through the Crusades and a wonderfully colourful introduction to the people who lived through…
Tom Holland Dominion
Tom Holland's 'Dominion' is not just a thumping good read, nor is it even just a history book: it is also a work of philosophy that challenges the reader to see the history of the West…