Charles v

Florence's black Medici prince: a drama worthy of Shakespeare

7 May 2016 9:00 am

In a recent interview, the African American actor Wendell Pierce revealed he had once been told by the head of…

Sneer of cold command: Velázquez’s portrait of the Count-Duke of Olivares, Philip IV’s ‘Ozymandias-like vizier’ (detail)

Spain’s golden age — with a silver lining

18 July 2015 9:00 am

As every schoolboy knows, ‘the empire on which the sun never set’ was British, and ‘blue-blooded’ was a phrase applied…

The battle of Lepanto, October 1571

From Barbary corsairs to people-traffickers: the violence of the Mediterranean

30 May 2015 9:00 am

With summer on its way, thoughts turn south to olive groves and manicured vineyards, to the warm water and hot…