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Fostering the Foundlings

The governors of the London Foundling Hospital recruited an external network of nurses to care for children. For many, the bonds established endured.

The One True Emperor on Earth

As sultan, Süleyman the Magnificent was portrayed as the Shadow of God on Earth, the Caliph of Islam, the Last World Emperor, the distributor of crowns to other rulers and the purveyor of justice.

The Lost Tudor

Son of a queen and uncle to the king who founded a dynasty, history almost forgot Edward Tudor. Why?

Treason of the Clerics

For 600 years Muslims held sway over the Indian subcontinent. Then democracy and a desultory leadership did them in.

Getting Away with Murder

Found guilty of the Temple Murders in 1733, Sarah Malcolm became the most notorious woman in Britain. Did she commit the crime alone? Did she commit it at all?

Save Your Ass

The US government was happy to support the assassination of foreign officials – but not to be seen doing so.

The Land Between Rivers

All 19th-century British visitors to Mesopotamia knew that it was the birthplace of civilisation. Could steam power revive ancient greatness while also keeping Russia at bay?

Secrets of the Silk Road

The discovery of a cave full of manuscripts on the edge of the Gobi Desert reveals the details of everyday life on the Silk Road.

The Catholic Conundrum

Despite persecution, Catholics survived in Protestant England. For the authorities, they were a problem with a silver lining.