Volume 48 Issue 12 December 1998

Attempts to regrow the Glastonbury thorn after it died in 1991.

Jeremy Black looks at the Royal Mail’s decision to devote all their stamps in 1999 to British history over the last millennium.

Prince Louis Napoleon was forty when he won the election for the French presidency on December 10th, 1848.

The importance of teaching history to younger children and the risks of its removal as a key subject from the primary curriculum

On December 20th, 1898, Pierre Curie scrawled the word 'radium' in his notebook as the name for a new element he and his wife Marie had discovered in their laboratory in Paris.

How did Britain, though assumed to be bankrupt, pursue an anti-Communist economic war from 1945. Ian Locke examines the case.

Gordon Marsden on the origins and future of the project to chart the history of the Houses of Parliament.

Jim Broderick looks at the crisis management of two moments when the spectre of nuclear war shadowed relations between the superpowers.

Ronald Hutton describes the origins of his historical quest for self-discovery.

Tony Aldous considers the Landmark Trust: an organisation that maintains historic properties and lets them out to holidaymakers.Enthusiasts for holidaying in idiosyncratic old buildings will be aware of the Landmark Trust, the organisation started in 1965 by John Smith, city businessman and sometime MP. Smith (now Sir John), who cared deeply about historic buildings but saw a string them - follies and the like - going to ruin. The National Trust could not take them on, so he set up his own trust to buy and restore a few of them, making them earn their keep as idiosyncratic, up-market holiday lets.

Dominic Janes describes how the early Church reconciled its teaching of holy poverty with the accumulation and display of spectacular wealth.

New research suggests the Beowulf poem can be traced to North Kent.

Laura Rodriguez finds that, in spite of the devastating outcome for Spain of the Cuban conflict of 1898, there were some positive consequences.

Ian Bradley reflects on the origins and development of Christmas carols.