Coronavirus – what can history’s top plagues teach us?

Tony McMahon looks at the history of viruses in human history and how they have shaped our evolution and society


Scandalous and ridiculous myths about women in history

Oh, you must have heard how Catherine the Great of Russia died. The horse. The harness that broke. How it fell on top of her. What she was trying to do at the time with the horse. I’ve heard that tale for decades going back to university. The myth that one of Russia’s most powerful…

Maddest rulers in history

Tony McMahon investigates some of the maddest rulers in history from Charles VI who thought he was made of glass to George III who lost America.

Celebrating LGBT Muslims in history

It may come as a surprise to know this but in Muslim history, homosexuality was often considered as perfectly acceptable. And there were leading scholars and even members of the ruling elite who expressed love and affection for members of their own sex. Many Muslims I know today are exasperated that bigoted views within Islam…