Issue 30 March 1998

As the second Elizabethan age closes in disillusionment, Penry Williams reconsiders whether the first deserved the same fate.

John Dunne signposts main landmarks and current directions in the historiographical debate.

Clive Emsley argues that nineteenth-century perceptions owed more to media-generated panic than to criminal realities.

John Morrill re-examines a stormy period of religious history.