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Dynasty that ruled Scotland (1371-1714) and England (1603-1714), with an interregnum (1649-60). Their reign in England was troubled, as fears of absolutism helped provoke a civil war and the... read more

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Richard Cust reassesses the thinking behind the biggest military blunder of the English Civil War, Charles I’s decision to fight the New Model Army at Naseby in June 1645.

The relationship between religion and rationality was an intimate one in 17th-century England. Christopher J. Walker looks at the arguments and controversies of the time, which helped to forge a more open society.

Volume: 63 Issue: 8 2013

The wedding of Elizabeth Stuart and Frederick V took place on February 14th 1613.

Volume: 63 Issue: 2 2013

Jacqueline Riding examines how a 19th-century painting, created almost 150 years after the Jacobite defeat at Culloden, has come to dominate the iconography of that event.

Volume: 61 Issue: 4 2011

Richard Wilkinson argues against the prevailing orthodoxy.

Issue: 69 2011

A monarch’s divine ability to cure scrofula was an established ritual when James I came to the English throne in 1603. Initially sceptical of the Catholic characteristics of the ceremony, the king found ways to ‘Protestantise’ it and to reflect his own hands-on approach to kingship, writes Stephen Brogan.

Volume: 61 Issue: 2 2011

The linguistic legacy of the King James Bible is immense. But, David Crystal discovers, it is not quite the fount of common expressions that many of its admirers believe it to be.

Volume: 61 Issue: 1 2011

Sexually explicit jigs were a major part of the attraction of the Elizabethan, Jacobean and Restoration stage, as Lucie Skeaping explains. 

Volume: 60 Issue: 2 2010

The fortunes of Oliver Cromwell and Charles II and the regard in which their successive regimes came to be held were mirrored in the fate of one of their mightiest naval vessels, as Patrick Little explains.

Volume: 60 Issue: 9 2010

Martin Greig reveals the intimate relationship between the powerful Earl of Lauderdale, Charles II's Secretary for Scotland in the 1660s, and a Scottish spinster who became the earl's 'Presbyterian conscience' during a tumultuous period for kirk and crown.

Volume: 60 Issue: 9 2010

Kevin Sharpe revisits an article by C.V. Wedgwood, first published in History Today in 1960, that looks at the diplomatic mission made by the artist Peter Paul Rubens to the court of Charles I. Read the original article here.

Volume: 60 Issue: 11 2010

Graham Goodlad examines differing interpretations of the part played by King Charles I in the outbreak of the civil war.

Issue: 63 2009
A revolution in sociability took place among the genteel and ‘middling’ classes of 18th-century England, as visiting friends of similar social status became a leisure pursuit in itself, especially among women,writes Amanda Vickery.
Volume: 59 Issue: 11 2009

John Spiller assesses James I’s impact on the Puritans and the Puritans’ impact on James I.

Issue: 61 2008

Richard Cavendish marks a failed attempt on the Scottish and English thrones by the last Stuart pretender, on March 23rd, 1708.

Volume: 58 Issue: 3 2008
Charles II was the only king of England for two hundred years to survive exile and return to power. Anna Keay considers how he kept up his regal appearances whilst in exile, paving the way for his return to the throne.

John Spiller examines interpretations of the role of Parliament in the reign of the first Stuart king.

Issue: 55 2006

Tim Harris explores the political spin, intolerance and repression that underlay Charles II’s relaxed image, and which led him into a deep crisis in 1678-81 yet also enabled him to survive it.

Volume: 55 Issue: 6 2005
Anne-Marie Kilday and Katherine Watson explore 18th-century child killers, their motivations and contemporary attitudes towards them.
Volume: 55 Issue: 1 2005

Richard Cust reassesses the thinking behind the biggest military blunder of the English Civil War, Charles I’s decision to fight the New Model Army at Naseby in June 1645.

Volume: 55 Issue: 10 2005

Pauline Croft analyses the causes and traces the consequences of a momentous Treaty.

Issue: 49 2004

Martyn Bennett welcomes a new study of the first Stuart to occupy the English throne.

Issue: 47 2003

Simon Thurley explains why the first Stuarts kept the great Tudor palace virtually intact.

Volume: 53 Issue: 11 2003

Joshua Shotton defends a much-maligned statesman.

Issue: 47 2003

Conrad Russell looks at the perks and pitfalls of public office-holding in Elizabethan and Jacobean England.

Volume: 52 Issue: 12 2002

Richard Cavendish describes the coronation of Queen Anne on April 23rd, 1702.

Volume: 52 Issue: 4 2002

The young prince hid from Roundhead soldiers on September 6th, 1651.

Volume: 51 Issue: 9 2001
John Styles marks the opening of the new British Galleries at the V&A with a look at influences and innovations during a dynamic period of design history.
Volume: 51 Issue: 12 2001

Charles Saumarez Smith, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, reflects on some of the issues raised by the exhibition 'Painted Ladies: Women at the Court of Charles II'.

Volume: 51 Issue: 10 2001
Edward Corp looks at the life of a monarch in exile, on the 300th anniversary of his death on September 16th, 1701.
Volume: 51 Issue: 9 2001

Many have seen the Restoration of the monarchy, which took place on May 29th 1660, as inevitable. Yet Ivan Roots, defying augury, is impressed by its unexpectedness.

Issue: 36 2000

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