In my recent ‘History Matters’ article for History Today (March 2018), I discuss how the seemingly insignificant objects of our daily lives, notably buildings, are actually vital tools to understanding our past. If important abilities and qualities of mind are acquired through the study of history, its ‘stuff’, then a person’s home represents the evolving character of who they really are. (more…)

After several months of keeping this very big secret, I am extremely proud to announce my next book: Heaven On Earth, an illuminating narrative of the conception and legacies of twenty of the world’s greatest cathedrals interwoven with an exploration of the lives, legends and scandals of the people who built them. Heaven On Earth will be published by Head of Zeus, and as soon as I have a confirmed release date, I will post it. I don’t want to give away too much more at this time, but if you would like an idea of what can be expected from the book, the synopsis can be found below.

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Hidden messages and tongue-in-cheek depictions were widespread throughout medieval churches. But was the medieval world simply rife with satire or did these etchings and carvings hold deeper meanings? Here, Dr Emma J Wells from the University of York explores seven of the most curious examples…

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