A tabloid history of Shakespeare's England told via contemporary accounts of murder plots. Read more
Treason and Plots
A tabloid history of Shakespeare's England told via contemporary accounts of murder plots.
Sex and the City
Neil MacGregor on how a delicate glass goblet reveals the twin seductions of Venice.
From London to Marrakech
Sunken gold from West Africa sheds light on England's complex relationship with the Moors.
Disguise and Deception
A pedlar's trunk reveals deception and religion, cross-dressing and travelling salesmen.
The Flag That Failed
The problems in creating a Great Britain are encapsulated in designs for a common flag.
A Time of Change, a Change of Time
A striking clock reveals the changing relationship Shakespeare's audiences had to time.
Plague and the Playhouse
Early 17th-century proclamations reveal the impact of the 1603 plague outbreak.
London Becomes Rome
Neil MacGregor surveys the triumphal arches created for James I's entry into London.
The Theatres of Cruelty
A human eyeball in a silver setting gives a striking insight into the theatre of cruelty.
Shakespeare Goes Global
How a folio of collected plays in 1623 began the creation of a global phenomenon.