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.

Dr Rita Gardner, Director of the Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers) introduces a new initiative to make its holdings accessible to all.

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

Christopher Allmand considers the long-lasting impact of the great study of military tactics and organisation.

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

Sally Doganis provides an insider’s view of the challenges facing those who bring the past to the small screen.

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.

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

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.

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