Is Charlemagne French or German?

The story of Charlemagne, the first sovereign of both France and Germany, is a rich one. In this article, Deputy Editor Sarah Jones looks at Europe’s development and progression with regards to Charlemagne’s rule.  Charlemagne (c.747-851 AD), (Charles le Grand or Karl der Große) has an ambiguous place in European history. Undoubtedly the greatest European…

Nascita della lingua italiana

In this article, Beatrice Emanuele tell us about the history of the Italian language, giving us a brief but comprehensive picture of how the language of love has changed between the Roman Emperor and nowadays. Beatrice looks at the most important phases that led to the developed of the modern Italian language. Lingua dell’amore, della musica, della cultura, la…

The Great Cat Massacre: History and Comedy

Sadistic violence against innocent cats? A symbolic gesture of class resistance? The funniest thing that ever happened in 1730s Paris – or even all three? In this article our Deputy Editor Sarah Jones looks at Richard Darnton’s seminal essay on The Great Cat Massacre to think about what it can tell us about understanding the past…