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Mary wedded Francis, Dauphin of France on 24 April 1558.

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The six titles on the shortlist for our annual book prize.

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The legend of La Llorona has supposedly haunted Mexico since before the Conquest.

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'Scene in Zion Tabernacle: Christ is All', 11 January 1895.

In the late 1800s, a new church promised to reshape human bodies into a redeemed race, transcending biology and ethnicity. Inhabitants of the dirty, sick slums of the world’s recently industrialised cities were increasingly drawn to the call of Zion.  

Dustmen, drunkards and washerwomen: ‘Petition Mongers in full Cry to St Stephens!! Beware of Wolves in Sheeps Cloathing’, by Isaac Cruikshank, 1795.

What’s the point of petitions?

Illustration of Mary Walcott at the Salem witch trials.

Leading historians discuss one of the burning questions of the day.

Illustration by R. Fresson.

Having produced, directed and starred in a lascivious play, West was charged with ‘corrupting the morals of youth’ on 19 April 1927.

Untitled drawing by Nina Jirsikovà, 1941.

Periods are a fact of life, but little talked about. How did women in the concentration camps cope with the private being made public in the most dire and extreme circumstances?

Infantrymen of Japan’s Self-Defence Forces parading in Tokyo, 3 November 1966.

After a disastrous Second World War, Japan abolished its armed forces and embraced pacifism. With renewed tensions in East Asia, can it last?

The six titles on the shortlist for our annual book prize.

‘The Bath’, from Valerius Maximus’ Facta et dicta memorabilia, 15th century, French.

In the medieval period you could touch the divine – and smell it, see it, hear it and taste it, sometimes all at once.


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Volume 69 Issue 5 May 2019

  • Why Japan stopped fighting
  • Menstruation and the Holocaust
  • Mods vs. Rockers: Britain’s first youthquake
  • The spread of knowledge in the medieval world
  • Touching God in the Middle Ages
  • Fears of a Fourth Reich
  • What’s the point of petitions?

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