Articles on British history

Displaying 21 - 40 of 41 articles

This house has seen some corkers over the years. davidesimonetti/Flickr

Britain’s seven greatest general elections since 1945

General elections are the great democratic leveller. Every citizen – however wealthy, educated or interested – gets an opportunity to pass judgement on the performance of the government and the direction…
Odds are they won’t be so happy after Yuletide. Taiga/Shutterstock

January divorce rush dates back to the Middle Ages

January is a strain for most people. It’s dark and the festive lights don’t disguise this anymore. You’re back at work and the next holiday may be some way off. You’ve just had to spend a large amount…
The recent discovery of a First Folio in St. Omer, France brings the total number of known copies to 233. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, National Art Library

The strange fates of the Shakespeare First Folio

The Shakespeare First Folio (1623), the first collected edition of his plays and the sole source for half of them (including Macbeth, Antony & Cleopatra, All’s Well, As You Like It, and The Tempest…
A campaign pro before his time: Benjamin Disraeli. Wikimedia Commons

Why do we care about politicians’ personal lives? Blame Disraeli

We have become used to politicians talking about their emotions and their domestic lives. Indeed, it sometimes seems you can’t get anywhere in politics until you’ve been photographed with your arm wrapped…
On the lash in Germany, 500 years ago. Barthel Beham, ‘Village Fair’ (German single-leaf woodcut, c. 1530).

Hard Evidence: how much did our ancestors drink – and are we drinking more?

Autumn is awash with alcohol, and not just because of the new vintage. Oktoberfest plays a part, too, the 16-day festival in Munich that we associate with massive beer mugs and plenty of debauchery. Its…
The view from Hambledon Hill’s impressive defenses towards Shaftesbury. Marilyn Peddle

Hambledon Hill is home to 5,000 years of British history

It is great news that the National Trust has bought Hambledon Hill, a Iron Age hill fort in southwest England, for the nation. Now the expertise of its in-house archaeologists and conservators can be used…

Top contributors

More