Volume 43 Issue 6 June 1993

Richard Cavendish storms the heights of Victorian Francophobia with the Palmerston Forts Society.

Raymond Postgate is well-known today as the founder of The Good Food Guide, but he was also a vivid eyewitness of events as a Londoner under siege from Hitler's bombs. We publish here for the first time, a selection from his wartime correspondence with the American publisher Alfred Knopf, introduced and edited by his son, John Postgate.

What made medieval monks laugh? Edward Coleman looks at humour, holy men and the sub-texts of comment in 12th-century England.

Chris Springer looks at how the Confederate Flag has become a symbol of 20th-century rebellion.

Missing person or ritual murder? Richard Rathbone probes a cause célèbre from an age of colonial and tribal transition.

Family favourites: Jean Wilson sifts through group portraits and monuments for clues as to whether relationships were intimate or remote in early modern England.

Ann Hills looks at a little-known treasure trove: the archives of London Zoo.

Tony Aldous examines the case of a wind farm which is threatening the archaeological site of Mynydd y Gwair in Wales.

Alan Clinton considers the legendary Resistance fighter Jean Moulin, the memory of whose fate still makes waves in France today.

Michael Paris looks at how science fiction and popular literature shaped personal prejudices and political agendas about 'destruction from the skies'.