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Volume: 59 Issue: 4

Contents of History Today, April 2009

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Richard Cavendish looks back at the life of a most pious Christian saint.

Patricia Fara recounts the moving story of a gifted contemporary of Isaac Newton who came to symbolise the frustrations of generations of female scientists denied...

Editor Paul Lay introduces the April 2009 issue of History Today magazine.

Hester The Remarkable Ufe of Dr Johnson's 'Dear Mistress' Ian Mclntyre Constable 320pp £25 ISBN 978 845294496

Spurred into action by the false presumptions of Thomas Carlyle, the antiquarian Edward FitzGerald sought to piece together the momentous events of June 14th, 1645...

Tristram Hunt describes how Friedrich Engels financed the research behind his friend Karl Marx’s epic critique of the free market, Das Kapital.

As a new exhibition on the Baroque opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Joanna Norman looks at this age of magnificence.

As springtime arrives in Japan, Matthew Knott looks at the history of the country’s love affair with the cherry blossom.

As Europe polarised between Right and Left in the 1930s, many artists and authors nailed their reputations to either extreme. Others, says Nigel Jones, took refuge in...

St George only gained popularity in England in the 15th century and Richard the Lionheart had nothing to do with it, writes Marc Morris.

White South Africans who fought in the long ‘Border War’ to maintain apartheid now find themselves in a country run by their former enemies. Gary Baines examines...

Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of a violent post-First World War event in India

Gillian Tindall reviews a book on the British in France.

André Gill fearlessly lampooned the French rulers of his day in a series of masterly caricatures that would later inspire the creators of Spitting Image and many...

In the first millennium, Christianity spread east from Palestine to Iraq, and on to India and China, becoming a global religion accepting of, and accepted by,...

Richard Cavendish remembers a 16th century papal attempt to restrict the power of Venice.

Suzannah Lipscomb looks beyond the stereotypes that surround our most infamous monarch to ask: who was Henry VIII and when did it all go wrong? 

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