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Volume 53 Issue 5 May 2003

Pepys rose from humble origins to become secretary of the Admiralty, a member of parliament and the president of the Royal Society.

The great Russian city was established on May 27th, 1703.

We continue our series of pen-portraits of less-well-known parliamentarians with a sketch of Richard Salwey, member of the Long Parliament and commissioner for the navy.

Jeremy Ashbee, from the Historic Royal Palaces, discusses a new programme at the Tower of London on punishment and imprisonment.

Alison Sim discusses the practicalities of running Elizabeth’s court.

Alison Weir, best-selling historian of the medieval and sixteenth-century royal families, explains how she first encountered the power of history in a strange feeling of identification with Anne Boleyn.

Christopher Haigh considers the man behind the mesmerising image of Elizabethan England, and his relevance today.

This spring Lexington, Kentucky, home of American horse-racing, is staging a unique exhibition of some of Britain’s most prized equine artefacts. Tracy Powell explains.

Tarnya Cooper looks at the wider iconography of Elizabeth, and how this evolved during her reign.

Simon Adams looks at the close connections between Elizabeth’s ascendancy, her religion and her ensuing relationships with the states of Europe.

An ageing regime: Paul E.J. Hammer looks at Elizabeth I and her government in the 1590s.

David Starkey introduces our special issue, and the Greenwich exhibition.

Susan Doran looks at what it meant to be a female monarch in a male world and how the Queen responded to the challenges.

Victor Gray, Director of the Rothschild Archive, introduces a new website that will prove a invaluable resource for all students of economic, and social history, and more besides.

Michelle Brown, curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library, discusses new interpretations of this treasure, and how this month visitors to the Library will be able to get closer to it than ever before.