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EDITOR'S CHOICE

Martyn Bennett examines how the terminology we use about the great conflict of the mid-seventeenth century reflects and reinforces the interpretations we make.

Jez Ross corrects misunderstandings about the origins and significance of disturbances in 1549.

Issue: 70 2011

R.C. Richardson describes the fortunes of young women driven by poverty into domestic service. A number fell victim to predatory masters and ended up with illegitimate children, only to be ejected from households.

Volume: 60 Issue: 2 2010

R.C. Richardson describes the fortunes of young women driven by poverty into domestic service in early modern England. A number fell victim to predatory masters and ended up with illegitimate children, only to be ejected form households into penury or, worse, executed for infanticide.

Volume: 60 Issue: 2 2010

Sarah Gristwood on the complex issues raised by the restoration of a remarkable Tudor vision of victory over the Spanish Armada.

Volume: 60 Issue: 9 2010

Helen Castor visits the History Today archive to find Maurice Keen's 1959 analysis of an important collection of family letters that offer an unparalleled insight into gentry life in 15th-century England.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

Early 17th century England saw the emergence of pirates, much romanticised creatures whose lives were often nasty, brutish and short. Adrian Tinniswood examines one such career.

Volume: 60 Issue: 5 2010

Graham Goodlad assesses the political skills that helped Charles II to escape the unenviable fates of his father and brother.

Issue: 66 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

The idea of a female monarch was met with hostility in medieval England; in the 12th century Matilda’s claim to the throne had led to a long and bitter civil war. But the death of Edward VI in 1553 offered new opportunities for queenship, as Helen Castor explains.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

Lucy Worsley reveals the strange stories of the cast of characters on the King’s Grand Staircase at Kensington Palace, painted by William Kent for George I in the 1720s.

Volume: 60 Issue: 4 2010

The historian’s desire for certainty is hard to square with the fragility of sources and their constant reworking by the profession. Casting a cold eye on the remaining evidence relating to the deaths of Edward II and Richard II, Ian Mortimer plots a way forward for his discipline.

Volume: 60 Issue: 12 2010

Ian Friel argues that popular ideas of the nature of Elizabethan seapower are distorted by concentration on big names and major events. Elizabethan England’s emergence on to the world stage owed much more to merchant ships and common seamen than we might think.

Volume: 60 Issue: 1 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

The murder of a 12-year-old boy in Norwich in 1144 inspired Thomas of Monmouth, a monk from the city's cathedral, to create an anti-semitic account of the incident. His influential work reveals much about life and belief in medieval England, argues Miri Rubin.

Volume: 60 Issue: 6 2010

Richard Hughes asks whether the ‘Diabolical Duchess’ was in reality another Tudor victim.

Issue: 68 2010

Though Protestants sought to distance themselves from Roman Catholics on the subject, angels  played a key role in Protestant culture as a means by which to understand humans and their place in the universe, explains Joad Raymond.

Volume: 60 Issue: 12 2010

David Hipshon outlines the career of the most controversial king ever to have occupied the English throne.

Issue: 66 2010

Richard Cavendish remembers the events of December 30th, 1460.

Volume: 60 Issue: 12 2010

The Bamburgh sword, a unique pattern-welded weapon found in Northumbria, has helped shed new light on a critical period of Anglo-Saxon. 

Volume: 60 Issue: 2 2010

Anthony Pollard visits the History Today archive to examine Alan Rogers’ claim that a lack of principle among rival lords resulted in the great conflagration of 15th-century England.

Volume: 60 Issue: 5 2010

In 1817, during a period of economic hardship following the war with France, a motley crew of stocking-makers, stonemasons, ironworkers and labourers from a Derbyshire village attempted an uprising against the government. It was swiftly and brutally suppressed. Susan Hibbins tells the story of England’s last attempted revolution.

Volume: 60 Issue: 11 2010

In the mid-18th century – at the height of the power struggle between France and England and the political ferment of both nations – a French spy with a peculiar personal agenda came to prominence in London. Jonathan Conlin tells his story.

Volume: 60 Issue: 4 2010

Richard Wilkinson elucidates the paradoxical career of one of the key figures of English Protestantism.

Issue: 68 2010

The rise of the legal profession in late medieval and early Tudor England was greeted with disdain by the wider population. Anthony Musson asks whether the reputation of lawyers and judges as scavengers and social climbers was deserved.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

During the Anglo-French conflicts that characterised the 14th century, the Oxford theologian John Wyclif challenged the  ‘un-Christian’ pursuit of war and wealth. Yet, just like anti-war protesters today, Wyclif had little influence on Parliament or the king, writes Rory Cox. 

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

On August 1st, 1259, the English renewed a truce which recognised Llywelyn ap Gruffydd as Prince of Wales.

Volume: 59 Issue: 8 2009

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

Issue: 63 2009

Eadwig died on October 1st, 959, still in his teens, in circumstances which remain unknown.

Volume: 59 Issue 10 2009

Richard Cavendish looks back at the life of a most pious Christian saint.

Volume: 59 Issue: 4 2009

Did the first Christian Roman emperor appropriate the pagan festival of Saturnalia to celebrate the birth of Christ? Matt Salusbury weighs the evidence.

Volume: 59 Issue: 12 2009

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