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Volume 53 Issue 4 April 2003

The first White Rajah of Sarawak was born on April 29th, 1803.

The traditional date for the founding of Rome is April 21st, 753 BC.

The Romanian king died of a heart attack on April 4th, 1953.

Natalia Griffon de Pleineville remembers a career soldier in Napoleon's army who won distinctions for his energy and commitment over twenty years, but who made a decisive mistake in 1813.

E. John B. Allen looks at the British obsession that converted a mundane mode of transport into an internationally popular winter sport.

O.H. Creighton examines the many and varied reasons behind the siting of Norman castles, and considers their decisive effect on the cultural landscape of Britain.

Richard Fletcher asks to what extent medieval Christians and Muslims sought to move beyond mutual hostility.

Mary Harlow and Ray Laurence look at what it meant to become a senior citizen in ancient Rome, and how this early model has a bearing on our attitudes towards ageing today.

Nigel Wilcockson explores the vast range of titles published over the years.

Liane Aukin looks at the private life of Florence Nightingale, and at how her strained relationship with her mother shaped her destiny.

A.C. Grayling on a ceremony to remember the early 19th century essayist and literary critic.

Charles Loft argues that Dr Beeching, hatchet-man of the railways in 1963, has been unfairly blamed for the decisions of politicians.

Daniel Snowman meets the historian of the Russian Revolution and of Russian culture.

Kevin Sharpe mourns the loss of an historian who wrote and made history.

France officially commemorates the bicentennial of the death of a black French general, as Napoleon's prisoner, on April 7th, 1803.

Phil Reed, the Director of the Cabinet War Rooms, explains the significance of the new suite of rooms being opened to the public on April 8th.