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Václav Havel addresses a pro-democracy rally in Wenceslas Square, Prague, 12 December 1989 © Sovfoto/UIG/Getty Images.

What took ten years in Poland took ten days in Czechoslovakia. But, as some Czechs would discover, not all revolutions are equal.

Fragile Fame

But for one turning point, Ermengarde, Viscountesse of Narbonne, might be as well known as Eleanor of Aquitaine.

iIlustrations from Fashions and Customs of Marie Antoinette and her Times, by Gustave de Reiset, 1885 © Bridgeman Images.

In the 18th century, celebrity culture helped make the British Empire seem both a part of everyday life and a place of fantasy.

Alan Bean collecting soil samples, with Pete Conrad reflected in his visor, the Moon, November 1969 © Bettmann/Getty Images.

Overshadowed between two dramatic missions, the success of Apollo 12 was vital to the continuing space project.

Cocoa plantation on Grenada, 18th century © Bridgeman Images.

In the 18th century, Europeans in the tropics found themselves beset by an array of unpleasant afflictions. They blamed black women, the climate and the strength of their own masculinity.

Crowds on top of the Berlin Wall, 10 November 1989 © Tom Stoddart/Getty Images.

The fall of the Berlin Wall was as much about beginnings as it was about endings. Out of the rubble came a new hope: techno music.

Caravel from 'Atlas of Lázaro Luis (detail), 1563. Bridgeman Images.

The first ‘New World’ reached by Europeans was not in the Americas, but in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, where previously uninhabited islands were transformed forever.

A technician wiring a Cray computer, May 1983, akg-images.

Britain’s largest intelligence agency marks its centenary this year. While its home is a distinctive architectural structure, what goes on inside remains little known.

The Angry Husband, by Thomas Rowlandson, 18th century © Bridgeman Images.

Early modern historians, obsessed by widows and spinsters, have neglected the sexuality of other middle-aged women.

Plate 38, from 'World in Miniature', 1816, Thomas Rowlandson. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In the Victorian countryside, what did going to church on Sundays actually mean?