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EDITOR'S CHOICE

Michael Antonucci discerns Byzantine origins in today's international power politics.

Henry Tudor invoked providence to gain his throne in 1485, but it was skilful use of heraldic and religious imagery, as well as promotion of the cult of Henry VI that ensured he retained it. In this Tudor anniversary year, Gordon Marsden looks at the miraculous reign of a clever king.

Volume: 59 Issue: 3 2009

The past is more than a set of events with an inevitable outcome. Historians must strive to capture it in all its fascinating strangeness, argues Chris Wickham, as he ponders the problems of writing about the Middle Ages.

Volume: 59 Issue: 6 2009
Corinne Julius introduces a new exhibition of dazzling medieval jewellery at London’s Wallace Collection, which reveals both the vigour and the vulnerability of Jewish communities in central Europe during the years before and during the Black Death.
Volume: 59 Issue: 3 2009
Richard Cavendish looks back at the Capetian monarch, crowned aged seven.
Volume: 59 Issue: 5 2009

An idea promoted by Pope Urban II at the end of the 11th century continues to resonate in modern poliltics. Jonathan Phillips traces the 800-year history of ‘Crusade’ and its power as a concept that shows no sign of diminishing.

Volume: 59 Issue: 11 2009

In the 13th century a remarkable trading block was formed in northern Europe. Stephen Halliday explains how the Hanseatic League prospered for 300 years before the rise of the nation state led to its dissolution.

Volume: 59 Issue: 7 2009

In 1381 England witnessed a ‘summer of blood’ as the lower orders, emboldened by the labour shortages that followed the Black Death, flexed their muscle. Dan Jones tells the story of one of medieval England’s most dramatic yet curiously neglected events.

Volume: 59 Issue: 6 2009

By challenging the very idea of a continuous Anglo-French medieval war Ian Mortimer reveals the remarkable complexities of a series of distinct conflicts that began with a prophecy and ended with an English dynasty seeking the approval of God.

Volume: 59 Issue 10 2009

Alan MacColl explores exactly what the word Britain meant, after the Romans had gone.

Volume: 58 Issue: 3 2008

By positioning him firmly within the changing context of his times, Lucy Wooding sees coherence in Henry VIII’s religious policies.

Issue: 62 2008
Nicholas Orme asks what sense medieval English people had of the land they lived in, and what ancient sites and natural wonders did they visit.
2008

David Abulafia, author of the newly published The Discovery of Mankind, considers Columbus’ first encounters with the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, and shows how, in the flesh, newly discovered peoples challenged European preconceptions about what it meant to be human.

Volume: 58 Issue: 5 2008

Hannah Boston explains how a single piece of evidence contributes to a wider understanding.

2008

Dionysios Stathakopoulos surveys the history of the Byzantine Empire from its foundation in 324 to its conquest in 1453.

Volume: 58 Issue: 11 2008

Robert Knecht describes the shortcomings of Henry III, the last Valois king, and the circumstances that led him to become the first – but not the last – French monarch to die at the hands of one of his subjects.

2008

Jeremy Goldberg examines three stories of disputed marriages and discusses definitions of consent and how they impinged on a medieval woman’s right to marry when and whom she chose.

Volume: 58 Issue: 2 2008

How dangerous was life in the Middle Ages? Sean McGlynn gets to grips with the level of violent crime, and the sometimes cruel justice meted out to offenders.

Volume: 58 Issue: 4 2008
Jeremy Black reviews two books on military history, ancient and modern.
2008

Alexander I succeeded his father Malcolm Canmore, Macbeth's killer, as King of Scots on January 8th, 1107.

Volume: 57 Issue: 1 2007

Richard the Lionheart was born in Oxford on September 8th 1157.

Volume: 57 Issue: 9 2007

Richard Barber describes the discoveries he made when Channel Four’s Time Team uncovered Edward III’s huge circular building at the heart of Windsor Castle.

Volume: 57 Issue: 8 2007

Judith Richards helps us appreciate a Marian perspective on the reign of the boy-king.

Issue: 59 2007

Christopher J. Walker asks whether the two religions that frequently appear locked in an inevitable clash of civilizations in fact share more than has often been thought.

Volume: 57 Issue: 3 2007

Julie Kerr looks at the role of hospitality to the Benedictine community between the years 1066 to 1250, and how monks and nuns sought to fulfil their monastic obligations in this respect  without impeding their ideals.

Volume: 57 Issue: 11 2007

Henry Tudor was born on January 28th, 1457, with a claim to the English crown which was extremely slight and intriguingly complicated.

Volume: 57 Issue: 1 2007

The Duke of Orleans was assassinated on November 23rd, 1407.

Volume: 57 Issue: 11 2007

R.J. Knecht looks at the ­practical considerations behind the smooth operation of the huge courts of the Valois kings of France.

Volume: 57 Issue: 7 2007

George T. Beech traces the origins of the word England to the period 1014 to 1035 and suggests how and why it came to be the recognized term for the country.

Volume: 57 Issue: 10 2007

Patricia Cleveland-Peck visits Gotland, the Baltic island where the Viking and medieval pasts are to be found round every corner.

Volume: 57 Issue: 2 2007

Westminster Abbey, England’s necropolis for royalty and other notables, reveals more secrets.

Volume: 56 Issue: 2 2006

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