Volume 42 Issue 2 February 1992

Louis XII came to the throne in 1498 and ruled France for sixteen years. According to Howell Lloyd, he was a 'ruler in transition': images of Louis XII elevated royal power to divine status, paving the way for the ideology of absolutism to flourish in the era of the Sun King.

The life and times of Austria's grand old man, the Emperor Franz Joseph, via the Kaiservilla.

Douglas Johnson compares and contrasts the downfalls of Neville Chamberlain and Margaret Thatcher.

Dorothy Thompson looks at the impact of revisionism and triumphalism on tales of solidarity and struggle from the society of the Industrial Revolution.

Peter Burke looks at how images and the image-makers made the Sun King appear as the larger-than-life 'top ruler' of 17th-century Europe.

Margaret Ballard considers the research of the Brewery History Society

Leonore Davidoff on how women's history has been interwoven with debates on society and identity and its prospects for durability.

Former editor of History Today Juliet Gardiner on the GIs 'over here'

A ruler in transition - Howell Lloyd looks at the icons of power that masked the face of French kingship around 1500.

Kenneth Asch on Prague's memento to the great composer

Mia Rodriguez-Salgado goes in search of an idea that has puzzled people from Charlemagne to Adenauer.

Michel Petheram assesses the importance and reliability of a courtier whose 'memoires' offer graphic vignettes of the last days of Louis XIV.

John MacKenzie on the role and future of Commonwealth House