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G.R. Batho introduces Henry Percy, the “Wizard Earl”, a man of great gifts and eccentric character who proved a quarrelsome husband and a difficult and...

Denis Mack Smith offers a portrait of Italy's hero of the Risorgimento, from History Today's March 1956 issue, where the author deftly combines an...

Index of all the articles published in Volume: 6

Guiseppe Garibaldi was born in 1807. In this article from our 1956 archive, Denis Mack Smith offers a portrait of Italy's hero of the Risorgimento.

J.L. Kirby examines how the 15th-century records of Thomas Hoccleve, Robert Fry and Thomas Broket illustrate the workings of modern civil service in its infancy....

Given the immense time, labour and costs involved in constructing defensive works, it is surprising that decisive action occurred so rarely around or about them. T...

E.E.Y. Hales describes Europe's premier revolutionary between the years 1835 and 1860, who was inspired by patriotism, belief in democracy, and lofty religious...

From the end of the seventeenth to the beginning of the nineteenth century, writes Penry Williams, State Lotteries were a regular feature of English government...

Jon Manchip White introduces one of the greatest generals and strangest personalities of his age, Maurice de Saxe, who was “vain, childish, virile, hard-bitten,...

Noel Goodwin argues that in the making of Mozart's music there is a key to understanding his form of art and way of life.

Completed in 1209, finally demolished in 1832, this famous construction was for more than five hundred years—until the opening of a new bridge at Westminster in...

Charles Seltman introduces Pythagoras, a man of great personal authority and astonishingly diverse gifts, who founded one of the most influential schools of...

In the second part of his series, Charles Seltman focuses on the life of Pythagoras in Italy and how he became one of the greatest thinkers and most remarkable men...

D. McDonald reflects on the life of a courtier, author and master of art, popularly known as the inventor of the flush toilet as well as a prominent member of...

In 1748 Sweden embarked on the construction of an elaborate island fortress. This was her last attempt, writes Anthony Wood, to check the Russian thrust westwards...

A.H. Burne analyses the key factors that led to what would be a major victory in the Hundred Years' War.

Between the fourth and the sixteenth centuries two great Mayan civilizations arose and declined in Central America.

Deryck Abel assesses the challenges to, and abilities of, the various heads of the English church under Queen Elizabeth I.

One of the most discreditable episodes in the history of the West is the Sack of Constantinople in 1204, writes Donald Nicol, when the leaders of the Fourth...

George Woodcock describes how the destruction of the Inca economy brought untold suffering to their former subjects; and there were many Indian revolts, brutally...

When Mark Twain said of the Mormons, “Their religion is singular but their wives are plural” he expressed the sum of what is generally known about them. Yet,...

Twenty-three crucial years in English history were covered by the arch-episcopate of Thomas Cranmer, whose most enduring monument is the English Book of Common...

“The moving spirit” of the English Reformation, Cromwell incurred all the odium inseparable from the revolutionary changes that he helped to bring about. He was...

Michael Grant finds that much malignant gossip has gathered around the enigmatic personality of the second Roman Emperor whose peaceful reign extended from AD 14...

Romney Sedgwick believes Lord Chatham used Lord Bute, the Princess, and her son, for his own purposes, attained them, and then kicked them down the ladder, which...

Always a staunchly independent race, Yorkshiremen made strenuous efforts to preserve their neutrality during the struggle between King and Parliament. By Austin...


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