Volume 47 Issue 10 October 1997

Richard Cavendish visits Penshurst Place, home to the Sidney and Shelley families.

‘Bedlam’ has become a by-word for a wild and crazy place, but what is the historical reality behind a distinguished London institution? 

Michael Leech on the efforts to save and excavate the site of the original Globe Theatre in London.

The last years of Charles II saw London a hotbed of political and religious conflict, exploited by a 'hit squad' who brought a reign of terror to the city.

Daryl Best on use and abuse in Australia's environmental history.

Robert Pearce gives us a view of George Orwell for the 1990s

'Our revels now are ended...'

How did Britain come to make the promises to Poland that resulted in a declaration of war against Germany in September 1939? Sir Nicholas Henderson unravels a curious story.

Edward Pearce on Anglo-Irish affairs between the bid for Irish Home Rule in 1886 and the outbreak of civil war.

Tony Aldous discovers a secret pocket of historic mills and warehouses in the Bow Creek area of London.

Alexander Bely remembers the events of October 26th, 1497.

The Soviet Union is now history but what do the ordinary people who lived through its last decades remember about it and what verdict do they give? Per Manson presents an intriguing insight.

Angela Morgan highlights the new threat to Newstead Abbey, Byron's former home.

‘Paris is worth a Mass’ ‘a chicken in the pot’ sayings that sent Henri IV down in French history as a very human (and quotable) monarch. But how did subsequent generations utilise his character? J.H.M. Salmon takes a look.