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Cardinal virtue: Thomas Wolsey, by Sampson Strong, 16th century. (Bridgeman Images)
Projects for a peaceful Europe go back centuries. Occasionally, they succeed – for a while at least.

Paul Lay

Woman Rebel: Sanger and her eldest son, Stuart, in Japan, 1922.
A family planning clinic opened in New York on 16 October 1916. It lasted only a few days.

Richard Cavendish

Royal naming strategies in medieval England.

Rachel Tod

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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Armistice celebrations  in London, 11 November 1918.

Having survived the rigours of the Great War, soldiers faced the return to civilian life. For some, it presented an even greater challenge.

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.

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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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