Volume 54 Issue 6 June 2004

Christina abdicated her throne on June 6th, 1654.

Richard Cavendish recounts the history of the British medal for bravery in combat, first awarded on June 21st, 1854.

Robert Knecht visits two of France’s most remarkable châteaux, which stand as monuments to the ambitions of their upwardly mobile creators Thomas Bohier and Nicolas Fouquet.

Anthony Howe looks at the anti-war stance of the great Victorian reformer; his fall from grace and subsequent revival.

Gerard DeGroot investigates the effects of the ‘peace dividend’ on the Nevada desert.

Dejan Djokic pinpoints the baleful influences of historical distortion and myth in a troubled area.

Tristram Hunt finds inspiration for his study of civic consciousness in Tuscany and the lecture halls of Cambridge.

 Michael Paris examines the way in which aspects of D-Day were filmed at the time and have subsequently been reconstructed in popular cinema.

Pamela Spencer draws attention to a new exhibition opening at the Wallace Collection.

Adrian Mourby visits the site of a city that continues to inspire grandiose visions, as it has done for almost 3,000 years.

Julia Swanson tells the extraordinary tale of her English grandfather and his family who were tragically caught up in the violence of the Mexican Revolution.

Martin Henig, interviewed by Tony Morris, shares a beaker of wine with the Emperor Hadrian.

Russell Chamberlin introduces the commemorations to the anniversary of the start of Operation Overlord, sixty years ago this month.