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Volume: 61 Issue: 8

Contents of History Today, August 2011

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The fools of the early Tudor court were likely to have been people with learning disabilities as a new project demonstrates, says Suzannah Lipscomb.

Gordon Marsden revisits Henry Fairlie's prescient obituary of Aneurin Bevan, first published in History Today in October 1960.

James Whitfield on why the theft of a Spanish master’s portrait of a British military hero led to a change in the law.

The poor economic record of Greece goes back a very long way, says Matthew Lynn.

There is lots of fun in this latest round up of recent historical novels, with derring-do, cross-dressing, biblical plagues and Renaissance geniuses in the mix....

A selection of readers' correspondence with the editor, Paul Lay.

Mary Queen of Scots left Calais for Scotland on August 14th, 1561, aged 18 years old.

Courtly love, celebrated in numerous songs and poems, was the romantic ideal of western Europe in the Middle Ages. Yet, human nature being what it is, the...

Six years after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc in New Orleans Thomas Ruys Smith looks at its impact in the light of the city’s historic troubles.

Robin Waterfield looks at the influence of the mother of Alexander the Great in the years following her son’s death.

A sea voyage in the 12th century was a perilous undertaking, as a Spanish Muslim courtier’s account of his crossing of the Mediterranean demonstrates. Yet,...

A series of archaeological discoveries off the coast of Sicily reveal how Rome turned a piece of lethal naval technology pioneered by its enemy, Carthage, to its...

Queen Anne ordered a racecourse to be built on Ascot Heath in 1711. It was officially opened on August 11th.

Syria was among the most unstable states in the Middle East until Hafez al-Assad came to power in 1970. But, asks James Gelvin, can his son, Bashar, maintain the...

David Kynaston seeks answers to questions about the fragile future of an institution beloved by historical researchers.

History tells us that the West’s embrace of liberal values was not inevitable and is unlikely to last, says Tim Stanley.

Robin Bayley tells how his great grandfather, a Mancunian businessman, became caught up in the tumultuous period of worker unrest that paved the way for the...

The theft of the most famous painting in the world on August 21st, 1911, created a media sensation.

The story of a country that has long punched above its weight is told in Scotland’s refurbished National Museum, says David Forsyth.

Chris Wrigley reviews Jane Humphries study of child labour, the family and the world of work in the century from 1750.

Nigel Jones reviews a fascinating if flawed account of Hitler's years in the German army between 1914 and 1920.

Mark Kishlansky reviews this study of the survival and revival of the House of Lords in the period from 1660 to 1714.

Nick Liptrot reviews Richard Pells' survey of the American Modernist movement.

Archie Brown reviews three titles on the Cold War.

Kate Williams reviews two books about the men who served both under Wellington during the Peninsular Wars and under Simon Bolivar in his fight to liberate Gran...

Juliet Gardiner reviews Audrey Linkman's study of death photographs.

An interview with Roger Moorhouse, the author of Berlin at War, the second recommended title in the History Today Book Club.

Adrian Tinniswood on a new biography of Sir Walter Raleigh: "a great Elizabethan, diminished by his lying, his self-regard, his pride".

Jacqueline Riding reviews Stella Tillyard's work of historical fiction set within the period of the Regency and the Peninsular War.

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