In an attempt to lure in potential subscribers, History Today magazine has released a selection of its most popular stories from 2012 on its blog.
Among the stories available to read free-of-charge are:
Islam's Origins: Where Mystery Meets History
The same spotlight of historical enquiry that scholars have long been shedding on the biblical past is now starting to illumine the origins of Islam, as Tom Holland explains.
A Canterbury Tale
J.L. Laynesmith unravels one of the mysteries of the Bayeux Tapestry.