Volume 36 Issue 10 October 1986

Was the murder of the Count of Flanders by his own vassals divine retribution for past errors, or simply another stage in the development of a state? The chronicle of Galbert of Bruges gives a day-by-day account of the dramatic events following the assassination.

James Graham-Campbell looks at the persisting image of the Vikings as pagan raiders striking at isolated Christian settlements. But is this the whole truth? And how and why did the Vikings adopt Christianity?

Susan Bayly looks into an Indian Museum in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

‘Have the authors of a two-penny weekly journal, a right to make a national inquiry'? 18th-century governments thought not and neither did the newspapers’ readers of the time.

A look into a building designed by an early American architect situated in Hammerwood Park near East Grinstead in Sussex.

'My country, right or wrong' – but which country? The dilemmas of allegiance posed for Americans by the outbreak of war between the colonies and the British Crown led a cross-section of that society into the loyalist camp, including (with an eye to the main chance) 'the most brilliant soldier of the Continental Army', as Esmond Wright describes.

Richard Normington looks into the popularity of Wargames.

Ann Hills investigates National Trust properties in Ireland being singled out for new development plans.

Tony Aldous observes the Newham based Passmore Edwards Museum which tells part of the story of the Great eastern railways.

David Stevenson takes a look back on the treaty that ended the First World War.

A look into the largest ever archaeological exhibition at the British Museum.

A reflection on the beginnings of the motor car industry by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu.