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Chaplin's celebrated film first appeared on 15 October 1940.

Richard Cavendish

Royal naming strategies in medieval England.

Rachel Tod

Pacification with Maroons on the Island of Jamaica, by Agostino Runias (1728-96).

Maroon freedom fighters on two Caribbean islands helped hasten the abolition of slavery.

David Lowenthal

From the Archive: Elizabethan Era

Elizabeth I’s court magician John Dee was also one of England’s most learned men

Katie Birkwood

Francis Drake, 1652. Courtesy University of California Libraries
Drake’s exploits in the New World made him perfect material for the English gutter press.

Sara Bradley

The execution of Margaret Clitherow was considered gruesome, even by the standards of the time.

Peter Lake, Michael Questier

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Winfarthing pendant, early seventh century, found in a woman's grave in Norfolk, 2015.

Often lost behind stories of kings, queens, bishops and saints, what was life like for an Anglo-Saxon woman below the upper ranks of society?

Lenin working in the Kremlin, 1918

The leader of the Soviet Revolution was an armed prophet who adopted the characteristics of the lion and the fox.

View of Ancient Babylon, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, 1721.

The two rivers where civilisation began.

Emily Jones.

‘Ideas don’t do things; people do.’

Faced with a crisis in her personal life and an uncertain future, Sarah Stoddart Hazlitt found respite in long, arduous and often dangerous walks. Countless women have followed in her footsteps.

Mary Squires in a 19th-century engraving.

A sympathetic narrative of a people integral to the national story.

Rise and fall: Cromwell Dissolving the Long Parliament, by Benjamin West (1782).

The English republic was brought down by the same forces that brought it to power.

Opium poppy, white flowers and seed capsule, about 1853, after Miss M.A. Burnett.

Opium has been known and used for more than 7,000 years. A brilliantly researched and wide-ranging study brings its history up to date.

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Volume 68 Issue 10 October 2018

  • Divided loyalties in Tudor England
  • Lord Liverpool, Eurosceptic
  • Recycling to win the Second World War
  • Mesopotamia: the land between two rivers
  • The end of the English republic
  • St George and the Dragon

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