Volume 48 Issue 4 April 1998

Signed on 13 April 1598, the Edict of Nantes granted rights to France's Calvinist Protestants, known as Huguenots.

Britain's working-class Chartist movement organised a mass meeting at Kennington Common on April 10th, 1848.

Richard Cavendish remembers the events of April 9th, 1898

Richard Cavendish explores Levens Hall in Cumbria.

Britain's working-class Chartist movement organised a mass meeting at Kennington Common on April 10th, 1848.

By adulating King for his work in the Civil Rights campaigns, we have misrepresented the complexity of those struggles and ignored some of the equally challenging campaigns of his last years.

When a king from Bechuana visited England in 1890s, he won friends and respect everywhere he went, and his tale cast new light on the interactions between Britain and her empire, as Neil Parsons explains.

Derek Antrobus uncovers the origins of the Vegetarian Society.

Geoff Butcher describes how, throughout history, Malaria has played a major role in affecting the outcome of human endeavour.

Vivienne Larminie explores the history of the Pays de Vaud, showing how resistance to Protestant reform gave rise to a distinctive culture and, in 1798, a revolt against foreign rule.

Brian Ward, author of a new book on the links between Rhythm and Blues music and the Civil Rights movement, tells of Martin Luther King’s little-known experiences as a recording artist.

How Napoleon laid up trouble for future generations of Frenchmen by kick-starting Prussian and German domination of Eastern Europe.

Richard Tames introduces an exhibition that explores posters in their many forms at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The second of the two Longman/History Today prize-winning essays on the topic ‘Is distance lending enchantment to the view historians have of the British Empire and its legacies’.

Stephen Spielberg’s blockbuster Amistad claims to educate as well as entertain; but how accurate is his portrayal of this slave revolt? John Thornton looks at the facts behind the film.

Renaissance Venetians developed a sophisticated technology for keeping the city’s vital waterways free from silt and in the process, as Joseph Black explains, created a unique landscape that inspired travellers and painters.