Volume 67 Issue 7 July 2017

An ethnically diverse country of kingdoms. 

The Conservatives are enduring a crisis of identity and purpose. Not for the first time, the work of the great 18th-century philosopher, Edmund Burke, is seen as offering a path to the party’s reinvention. 

Britain’s entry into the Second World War ushered in a wave of anti-German sentiment, creating strange bedfellows across the political spectrum.

Medieval hermits were the agony aunts of their day. 

Michael de Montaigne (1533-92), French, 17th century. (Bridgeman Images) Michel de Montaigne was not just the inventor of a genre, nor merely the...
Lucrezia Borgia by Bartolomeo de Venezia, early 16th century. © akg-images. With In the Name of the Family , Sarah Dunant continues her...
Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Berlin has emerged as one of the most historically and culturally fascinating cities. Germans have systematically...
This study of three British women, two men and one American woman – ‘six searchers who tried to change society and themselves’ –conveys vividly the...
Spitalfields has always been London’s border country, a constellation of streets that has felt like a place apart. The name ‘Spitalfields’ was...

We ask leading historians 20 questions on why their research matters, one book everyone should read and their views on the Tudors ...

Modern Britain is dominated economically, culturally and politically by London, its capital city. It was not always that way, as an examination of medieval texts reveals.

A 17th-century map by the founder of lunar topography, Johannes Hevelius.

In Renaissance Florence, church and civic bells frequently rang out across the city’s crowded soundscape. Their calls were far from impartial.

For most of history, different peoples, cultures and religious groups have lived according to their own calendars. Then, in the 11th century, a Persian scholar attempted to create a single, universal timeline for all humanity. 

The 19th and 20th centuries saw a revolution in Chinese forensic science, when traditional techniques were replaced by new methods from the West. Today, the world confronts another moment of transformation in forensic science.

Wild yet chaste, impudent and ageless, Sarah Bernhardt was inescapably Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, ‘the most splendid creation’.

Alexander Kerensky, the last Russian premier before the Bolsheviks took power, decided to continue the war with Germany. He and his country would pay the price.

The work of military nurses at Passchendaele transformed the perception of women’s war service, showing they could perform life-saving work and risk their lives at the front.

The coverage of a disaster in Chile revealed religious divisions among the world’s press.