Some 868 years ago today, on 24 October 1147, the city of Lisbon fell to a combined force of besiegers from England, Scotland, Germany, Holland and France. Thanks to a surviving report written by an eyewitness
The recent events in Paris and the subsequent debates about freedom of speech and the conflict of cultures between immigrants and their host societies have also raised historical questions about France, and how the particularities
The Aztecs are infamous for their apparently astonishing, and unparalleled, capacity for state-sponsored violence (indeed, when I tell people where my research interests lie I am often met with a rather startled face). To many,
I was recently surprised when a group of my students, asked to describe the early Middle Ages, almost entirely chose to describe the period as ‘violent’. More fool me, of course, because everyone knows a
On Tuesday 21 October 2014, Olympian and Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius was handed a five-year custodial prison sentence for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Not since the trial of American football star O.