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Volume: 55 Issue: 12

Contents of History Today, December 2005

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A Tudor portrait in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, once believed to be Mary I when princess, has recently been relabelled ‘Possibly Lady Jane Grey’ as the...

Judy Greenway recalls a colourful trial involving an Italian anarchist and a policeman in the year of the Aliens Act. Illustrations from The Daily Graphic, October...

Two hundred years after William Pitt took on Napoleon, Europe is in crisis again. Keith Robbins warns Tony Blair that there are no easy fixes to the issues of...

The greatest battle of Napoleon’s career took place two hundred years ago, on December 2nd, 1805. Although it is often called the Battle of the Three Emperors,...

December 23rd, 1805

John Foxe’s graphic and angry work depicting the persecutions inflicted by the Roman Catholic church, was partly a response to the rising tide of intolerance across...

The teaching of history in our schools and universities continues to raise questions for historians, teachers, students and parents alike. Peter Furtado reports on...

Andy Lynes experiences a colourful and tasty vocation lesson in the history of the Regency period.

Peter Furtado selects some readers' thoughts.

Historical novelist Katie Grant delves into her family history for inspiration.

The bride was fifteen and the groom twenty-two, when they married on December 1st, 1655.

Richard Cavendish remembers the events of December 12th, 1905.

Peter Furtado introduces the man closer to Winston Churchill than any other.

At court, the twelve days of Christmas were a time for politics, intrigue and manoeuvre as well as for merry-making. Leanda de Lisle explores the mixed feelings...

Mark Bryant contines his exploration of significant cartoons and caricature with a look at a German magazine that published some of the bravest satirical critiques...

From Godwin to Warwick to Leicester: for more than a thousand years the English earls have been key players in many of the great events of English history.  But...

Peter Furtado introduces this issue of the magazine and reminds us of the importance of taking a long view of history.

Merchant Ivory’s latest film White Countess tells the story of a high-born Russian woman reduced to poverty and prostitution to support her family – refugees of the...

David Gimson describes a school trip with a difference: from Oxford to Japan to see how another country deals with its own contested and painful past, and to develop...

Historians have often stressed the modernity of America’s Civil War. Yet Gervase Phillips argues that the dependence on often weary, sickly horses on both sides in...


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