Blaise Pascal, a mathematician and a Catholic theologian, born 400 years ago,
left a deep and lasting influence on the world that can be felt today.
Go back to 17th- and 18th-century England and France and you’ll see the same sort of handwringing over birthrates that we’re seeing today.
Recipe sharing is all the rage in the pandemic as in other times of turmoil. English cookbooks of the 16th and 17th centuries promised recipes for comfort with a dash of glamour.
The history of smell in 18th-century England reveals the complex story of scent and personal space.
British is an imperial term, not a national one.
In a time when women were expected to be silent, no topic was off limits for Pulter, who penned verses about politics, science and loss. Her manuscript was just published in a free digital archive.
Gunpowder, treason and plot: historical consultants to BBC drama explain their role on the show.
The ‘French kiss’ didn’t come from France and nor did the ‘French pox’, so does the reputation of France as raunchy stand up to scrutiny?