Volume 3 Issue 12 December 1953

In 1820, a plot to assassinate the British Prime Minister and his cabinet was exposed.

J.A.R. Pimlott studies the development of the Christmas Spirit—from Pagan Saturnalia to Victorian family party

C.R. Boxer profiles the naval adventures of the Netherlands' Tromp family - a thorn in the side of mid-17th century English maritime activity.

Richard Hare recounts the history of Russia's Western metropolis.

Arthur Bryant examines the background to Magna Carta.

Julian Piggott shows how, with the help of a puppet state on the Rhine, France between 1919 and 1923 attempted to solve the perpetual problem of her eastern frontier.