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Volume 53 Issue 10 October 2003

Daniel Snowman meets Lisa Jardine, Renaissance and Shakespeare scholar, historian of science and biographer of Erasmus, Bacon, Wren and Hooke.

Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, died on October 9th, 1253, at his favourite manor house at Buckden in Huntingdonshire.

Martin Petchey outlines a proposed new scheme by the government to protect our heritage.

Penny Ritchie Calder of the Imperial War Museum introduces a major new exhibition for this autumn.

Jonathan Lewis and Hew Strachan point out the daunting challenges and exciting opportunities involved in producing a new major TV series.

Marianne Elliott examines the facts and the myth of the unlikely Irish nationalist hero who vowed his ‘tomb remain uninscribed until my country takes her place among the nations of the earth’.

The succession of conflicts known as the Hundred Years War ended on October 19th, 1453, when Bordeaux surrendered, leaving Calais as the last English possession in France.

Kari Konkola and Diarmaid MacCulloch use the evidence of book publishing to contribute to the debate about how widely the English Reformation affected ordinary men and women.

In 1952 the Nobel peace prize was awarded to Albert Scheiwtzer for his work at a hospital in tropical Africa.

To accompany the major exhibition opening at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Janet Backhouse explores the varied roles of patronage in the art of the later Middle Ages.

John Slatter celebrates the far-ranging contributions of Russian political émigrés to British life in the half-century before 1917.

As the government prepares to bring casinos to our high streets, John Childs looks at a gambling craze of the 1690s.

Marika Sherwood reveals the state of our knowledge – and ignorance – about a period of our multi-racial past.

Natasha McEnroe shows that a new exhibition provides insights into both medical and sexual practices in the eighteenth century.

Hugh Miles assesses the significance of the Piltdown hoax.