Habsburgs

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…

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…

‘The Census at Bethlehem’, 1566, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Climate change, Bruegel-style

13 December 2014 9:00 am

It is cold, but not in a cheery, robin-redbreast kind of way. The sky is slate blue; the sun, a…

Sweden’s warrior king Gustavus Adolphus inspired the English far more than their own effete, self-righteous Stuart monarchs

Can anyone make a good case for the Stuart kings?

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Historians have generally not been kind in their assessment of Britain’s first two Stuart kings. Their political skills are regarded…

Danubia, by Simon Winder - review

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Why do we know so little about the Habsburg empire, given that it is the prime formative influence on modern…