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On the Spot: Amanda H. Podany

Seal of Barnamtarra, Queen of Lagash. Clay, c. 2400 BC. Louvre Musuem/Wiki Commons. Why are you a historian of the ancient…

Death of Sultan Razia

Sultan Razia, 18th century. Alamy. Like much of her reign, the accession of Razia to the sultanate of Delhi is…

Women, Life, Freedom

Women protest during the Iranian Revolution, Tehran, 1978. Getty Images. On 16 September 2022 Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman from…

What Influence has the BBC had on History?

Venu Chitale, photographed in the 1940s. She began her career as secretary to George Orwell, and later became a prominent…

Minor Monarchs

The coronation of Henry VI in Paris, from the Anciennes chroniques d’Angleterre, 15th century. Alamy. Boy kings have often been…

Shut Up and Eat!

Benito Mussolini, during the march on Rome with, from left, Emilio De Bono, Italo Balbo and Cesare Maria De Vecchi.…

Liar Liar

Titus Oates in the pillory, 1685. Bridgeman Images. Titus Oates was a nasty piece of work. He was venal, grasping…

No Laughing Matter

Yonker Ramp and His Sweetheart, by Frans Hals, 1623. Bridgeman Images. In Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose (1983),…

Words and Deeds

Muhammad is visited by the Archangel Gabriel at Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, the Prophet’s Mosque, Medina. Turkish, 18th century. AISA/Bridgeman Images. In…

Demanding Surrender

Anglo-American extradition is in the news. The administrations of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden have refused to return Anne…