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A Family History of the World

A Family History of the World

Our editor met Simon Sebag Montefiore in 2022 to talk historical events and families, interspersed with current affairs such as Ukraine and Iran.
Oliver Webb-Carter

On the day I meet with Simon Sebag Montefiore to discuss his new book, The World: A Family History, the Russians have plundered the body of Prince Grigory Potemkin who was the subject of Sebag’s breakthrough book in 2001. Catherine the Great & Potemkin (Aspects of...

Powers and Thrones, by Dan Jones

Powers and Thrones, by Dan Jones

The author of Siege: The First Crusade reviews the latest from the master of medieval history.

Dan Jones argues, if not proves, in his revelatory new book, Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middles Ages, that the period made us. Good history doesn't necessarily need to be relevant, but more than most non-fiction titles this year Powers and Thrones will...

The Keepers of Byzantium’s Flame

The Keepers of Byzantium’s Flame

How two Byzantine women remained influential long after their empire vanished.
Peter Sandham

The Porphyry War is set in the medieval Mediterranean during the aftermath of the Byzantine Empire’s fall. At its heart are a pair of underappreciated historical figures; two women of shared heritage and surprising influence. Byzantium's. Mara Brankovic was born to a...

Porphyry & Bones, by Peter Sandham

Porphyry & Bones, by Peter Sandham

Book Three of the Porphyry Novels
Hannah Ross

Porphyry & Bones In 1463, the Bosnian town of Jajce lies in a pile of smouldering rubble. From the wreckage, a young queen flees, carrying in her arms some of the most valuable possessions in all of Christendom: the relics of St Luke. It is here that Peter Sandham...

Simon Turney

Simon Turney

The prolific and bestselling author of historical fiction talks about his career and interests.

Simon Turney, what prompted you to choose the period that you wrote your first book in? The majority of my books are set within the Roman empire. Rome has been my love and my focus since I first visited Hadrian’s Wall at the age of 6. I first wrote Roman fiction in an...

Simon Turney

Simon Turney

Having spent much of his childhood visiting historic sites with his grandfather, Simon Turney fell in love with the Roman heritage of the region, beginning with the world famous Hadrian’s Wall.
Simon Turney

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The Wolfson History Prize Interviews

The Wolfson History Prize Interviews

We talk to the nominees of the prize about subjects such as child survivors of the Holocaust, Haitian revolutionaries, knowledge under attack, and more.

The Wolfson History Prize 2021 Rebecca Clifford Rebecca, congratulations on your nomination for the Wolfson History Prize of 2021 from Aspects of History. Why did you choose your particular subject? This is a two-pronged answer. Most important prong, I’ve worked with...

The Last Bastion of Europe

The Last Bastion of Europe

The epic struggle between East and West, the Umayyad Caliphate and the Byzantine Empire during the Siege of Constantinople.

400 years before the First Crusade, Christianity was on its knees before an ascendant Muslim Caliphate. Yet only 80 years before that, in AD629, the late Roman Emperor Heraclius had staged a grandiose ceremony in the city of Jerusalem to mark the Empire’s final and...

Byzantium, City of Stories

Byzantium, City of Stories

Byzantium, a melting pot, and the scene for so many stories, but an inspiration for any novelist.

The modern city of Istanbul has been known by many names. Constantinople, Miklagard, the New Rome, the Queen of Cities, the Great City, Byzantium. But by any name, it has been the setting for many a great novel (and some not so great ones). I suppose when it comes to...