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Volume 37 Issue 8 August 1987

Park Honan, author of a new biography of Jane Austen, describes how her naval brother's exploits informed her of the world beyond the genteel tea-cup society of her novels.

An examination of an archaeological site in the Lincolnshire village of Fulbeck, by Dymphana Byrne.

‘Pastime with good company’ – how the image of ‘Bluff King Hal’ glosses over the harsh realities of life-and-death court intrigues played out among the nooks and crannies of the king’s private apartment.

Ian R. Mitchell examines the museums of East and West Germany which provide contrasting views to German history.

Stranger than Fiction - the undercover spying mission of a British officer disguised as a Boer in German South-West Africa provided John Buchan with inspiration for his most famous character.

Gerhard Hirschfeld looks over the heated debate between West German historians and the Nazi past.

R.J.A.Wilson accounts for the making of Roman Britain.

A look into some of the most influential philosophers of the Victorian era.

Terence Mirabelli investigates why Syria is losing an archaeological site.

'Art offers itself as a social ' bridge of no ordinary size and strength.’ The career and campaigns of George Godwin centred on his editorship of The Builder - a tireless commitment to painstaking professionalism mixed with social concern for Victorian architects as problem-solvers and reformers.

John Earl looks into the world of theatre.

Tony Aldous traces the history of the Octagon Chapel in Bath.