Volume 54 Issue 3 March 2004

The ‘most controversial character in the history of discovery’ was born on March 9th, 1454.

The events leading up to Britain and France's declarations of war on Russia on successive days on 27 and 28 March 1854.

Simon Sebag Montefiore considers the issues involved in writing the biography of one of history’s monsters.

The best history books, films and students of 2003 announced.

The first pope to call himself ‘servant of the servants of God’ died on March 12th, 604.

Andrew Cook examines the latest evidence from MI5 on the miners’ strike and the fall of the Heath government, March 1974.

As the 75th birthday of the famous cartoon adventurer Tintin is marked at the end of this month by a special exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, Hergé’s biographer Michael Farr tells how his boyhood love of the character led to a special relationship with its creator.

Ian Mortimer takes issue with those who put limits on historians’ questionings of the past.

Angela McShane Jones asks what depictions in broadsides of Mary II with her breasts exposed, tell us about 17th-century popular attitudes to royalty.

Caroline Sharples discusses the bitter-sweet experiences of the Jewish children permitted to travel to England to escape the Nazi regime, leaving their families behind them.

Denis Judd takes stock of current arguments as to the effect of British rule in India and other countries of the Empire.

Rikki Kersten extols the example of an unlikely hero, the historian Ienaga Saburo, who singlehandedly challenged Japan’s official view of responsibility for its behaviour in the Second World War.

Sheila Corr reviews the career of the master photographer who is the subject of a retrospective opening at the V&A this month.

John Charmley rewrites the history of the Tory Party restoring to its heart the earls of Derby, owners of Knowsley Hall.

Nick Barratt argues that Normandy’s loss in the reign of King John has had a far-reaching impact on Britain.

Richard Barber explores the origin of the Holy Grail story, its significance in its own time and its wider impact in subsequent centuries.