Volume 3 Issue 5 May 1953

Eric Linklater finds that among medieval champions of Scottish independence was an ancestor of Elizabeth II, the heroic Robert the Bruce.

Charles Dimont traces the background and development of the song.

Long excluded from public business, King Edward showed, when he came to the throne, a remarkable grasp of foreign affairs. He was, as A.P. Ryan says, “a good European and a lover of peace.”

The English royal line has included several notable collectors of art, as Doreen Agnew here documents.

M.G. Brock surveys the political landscape in Britain in 1837.

Charles Seltman traces the idea of the ruler not only great but good—helper and protector of his subjects—back to Alexander of Macedon.

A study of the dangers and difficulties that confronted the young Queen in 1558, and of the courageous strategy by which she overcame them. By J.E. Neale.

On January 15th, 1559, England’s twenty-five-year-old sovereign left Whitehall to be crowned Queen. This article, by A.L. Rowse, was first published in May 1953, in a special issue of History Today that marked the imminent coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.