Published: February 24, 2010 at 10:15 am
Early in the second millennium, Hasan-I Sabbah developed a program of carefully targeted political murder that brought security to his Muslim sect, the Order of Assassins, for over a century and a half.
Published: December 02, 2009 at 9:23 pm
The AD 378 Gothic War between the eastern Roman emperor, Valens, and the Tervingi leader, Fritigern, showed the deep flaws in the Roman Empire that would lead to its downfall
Published: August 28, 2009 at 7:01 pm
An MHQ reader reconsiders the credibility of the troop numbers and casualty figures reported by Polybius for the battle of Cannae as presented in Adrian Goldsworthy's article, “Can the Counters Be Counted On?” (Autumn 2008).
Published: May 01, 2009 at 10:02 am
Read an excerpt from Revelation, the latest Shardlake mystery by bestselling author C. J. Sansom, get a 20% discount—or perhaps win a free copy!
Published: September 03, 2008 at 5:56 pm
Military History Quarterly's new editor, William H. Horne, writes about World War II's East Front, Apache chief Victorio, black troops at New Market Heights, and the trustworthiness of ancient writers' statistics.
Published: August 26, 2008 at 11:34 am
If Harald Sigurdsson, called Harald Hardrada, had triumphed over King Harold at Stamford Bridge, how might the history of England been altered? An online discussion.
Published: August 26, 2008 at 10:23 am
Just weeks before his watershed fight with the Normans at Hastings, English King Harold II faced a full-blown Viking invasion led by the legendary Harald Hardrada at Stamford Bridge.
Published: March 18, 2008 at 7:31 pm
The towns of Boston, England, and Boston, Massachusetts both owe their name to a seventh-century cleric, St. Botolph.
Published: December 26, 2007 at 3:27 pm
At the Hydaspes, Alexander the Great faced a forced river crossing opposed by a strong enemy. The methods he employed to defeat Porus' army and open the road to India are still viable over 2,000 years later.
Published: December 20, 2007 at 3:54 pm
The magnificent castles of North Wales were meant to inspire terror and awe and to help Edward Longshanks unify Britain.
Published: November 16, 2007 at 11:23 am
The mistakes made by the Roman commander Marcus Licinius Crassus against the Parthians at the Battle of Carrhae present object lessons for today.
Published: November 16, 2007 at 11:21 am
Marcus Vipsanius Aggripa's innovative tactics gave Octavian's Roman fleet a victory over Marc Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium. Rome was the dominant naval power in the Mediterranean for four centuries.
Published: October 02, 2007 at 9:55 am
Although it was fought in the East, Emperor Valens' defeat at the Battle of Adrianople had its most direct effect on the affairs of Rome's western provinces. A Roman historian wrote, “No battle in our history except Cannae involved such a massacre.”
Published: September 17, 2007 at 3:37 pm
On Sept. 30, 331 BC, the fate of the Greek and Persian empires was decided on a plain 70 miles north of present-day Irbil, Iraq. Alexander the Great faced King Darius III, also called Darius Codomanus, in battle near the hamlet of Gaugamela.
Published: July 30, 2007 at 10:22 am
History's first great artillery barrage, in 1453, allowed Mehmed to capture Constantinople when all previous Ottoman attempts had failed. Ironically, his cannon were created by a Hungarian named Orban who had once been employed to defend the city.
Published: June 08, 2007 at 10:32 am
Scipio Africanus learned the art of war in the hardest and bloodiest of all forums—on the battlefield against Hannibal. At Zama, he applied his lessons, giving Rome victory in the Second Punic War.