Volume 53 Issue 5 May 2003

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

Samuel Pepys died on May 26th, 1703, aged 70. Richard Cavendish describes how he rose from his 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.

Co-curator Sian Flynn introduces Elizabeth: the exhibition commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Queen’s death at the National Maritime Museum, sponsored by Morgan Stanley, from May 1st to September 14th, 2003.

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

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

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

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

Peter Furtado introduces our special issue on Elizabeth I.

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

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.

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.

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

A timeline of dates pertaining to the Tudor queen.

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.

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