Volume 39 Issue 7 July 1989

Los Angeles comes to ancient Rome and makes a hit. In Lindsay Davis' delightful thriller, The Silver Pigs (Sidgwick and Jackson, £12.95), private investigator Marcus Didius Falco treats great and small in the same laconic, cynical style as his successor Sam Spade some nineteen centuries later. Mothers, Imperial Triumphs ('a real feast of sunstroke, sisters backbiting, and tired children screaming with illogical rage'), the weather in Britain, women of all shapes and sizes, each is summarily disposed of by this hard man with a heart of gold.

Tony Aldous investigates a reconstructed 1694 column near Covent Garden.

'I speak of the Golden-Vale, the Lombardy of Herefordshire, the Garden of the Old Gallants, and Paradice of the backside of the Principallitie', wrote Rowland Vaughan. Mary Delorme introduces the exponent of an early irrigation system.

In the Middle Ages mill-owning was a sound investment and led to the invention of the windmill but, as Richard Holt points out, these halcyon times were of short duration.

Palestinian revolt - not in Israel today but under the British mandate fifty years ago. Charles Townshend traces its impact and discusses its character.

Ben Shephard examines the comparisons between American Vietnam veterans and Soviets who served in Afghanistan

Damien Gregory investigates the debate over the proposed excavation of the Elizabeth Rose Theatre.

A look into the long-lastng links between Britain and Holland forged during the war.

The partnership of man and horse on the land goes back a long time, but, as John Langdon shows, it was not until after the Conquest that the horse really began to come into its own.

The 150 years of Royal Shows in Britain cast useful light on the changing relationship between man and the countryside and the love-hate relationship of farming and technology, argues Nicholas Goddard.

Dymphna Byrne examines startling new archaeological finds in the city of Lincoln