Volume 35 Issue 12 December 1985

Much Tudor art may not have been 'home-grown' but its form and subject matter tells us a great deal about England's 'natural rulers'.

Stephen Yeo ends our discussion...

An obsession with Aryanism and eugenic theory was the catalyst for Nazi policies of repression and extermination against gypsies and other ‘asocials’ – the forgotten victims of the Third Reich.

'Trappings of popery and rags of the beast'. Mince-pies, mummers, holly and church services all fell victim to a determined Puritan attempt to stamp out the celebration of Christmas under the Commonwealth.

Ronald Hutton on why it is a miracle for professional historians to publish books.

This winter I shall be rereading A la recherche du temps perdu. It is not, I concede, everyone's idea of evening relaxation by the fire-side. But those who have come to love this sinuous masterpiece will know well the kind of delights I anticipate.

William's persistent determination to build an abbey on the exact site of his victory at Hastings underlines its importance as a symbol of the Norman Conquest.

Edward Royle looks at the most relevant titles on the 19th-century working-class political movement.

'All human life is there'. But is it - and can it be interpreted on a par with the chronicles of the great and good? Five social historians discuss the relevance of history without 'kings and things'.

Dai Smith, senior lecturer at University College, Cardiff, offers his thoughts.

Historians ask, what constitutes the history of popular culture?

The legacy of empire brought nearly half a million blacks and Asians to Britain in the fifties in search of a better life.