Volume 53 Issue 6 July 2003

Judith Herrin tells the dramatic story of the final moments of Byzantine control of the imperial capital.

Richard Cavendish describes the Battle of Civitate, fought by the Normans and a papal coalition on June 18th, 1053.

Peter Furtado introduces the June 2003 issue of History Today which commemorates the 550th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks.

Marius Kwint reveals long-standing connections between the military and thespian worlds.

Joanna Green profiles a new project in association with the Museum of London, that provides a showcase for the history of London’s docklands.

Richard Cavendish describes how King Alexander and Queen Draga of Serbia were assassinated during the night of June 10th/11th, 1903.

In researching his ground-breaking new portrait of the man who commanded the Soviet defence to Hitler, Albert Axell spent time in Russia, interviewing people close to Zhukov including his two eldest daughters.

Anthony Reid traces some surprising precedents for the many recent women rulers in South and Southeast Asia.

Sir Patrick Cormack, long serving Member of Parliament for South Staffordshire and a passionate advocate of heritage and history, recalls his youthful affection for the churches of his native county.

Erica Fudge considers what it meant to be described as an animal in the 16th and 17th centuries, and what divided humans from the rest of creation.

The founder of Methodism, John Wesley, was born on June 17th, 1703. Richard Cavendish charts his early life.

Jennie Price celebrates 75 years of the completion of the O.E.D.

Edgar Vincent analyses the spectacularly successful, and surprisingly modern, leadership strategy of Horatio Nelson.

John Morrill remembers and assesses the Marxist historian of the English Revolution, who died recently.

Philip Mansel explores the City of the Sultans from 1453 onwards, and finds it characterised by a vibrant multi-culturalism until the Ottoman demise of 1922.

Sheila O’Connell describes one of the key events in the British Museum’s 250th anniversary celebrations.

Bill Rolston describes the impact of an erstwhile slave, who toured the Emerald Isle speaking out against slavery in 1845.