Volume 68 Issue 4 April 2018

How women shared medical knowledge in the 17th century.

In the first of a series on the myths and fables that inform the world’s civilisations, a tragic tale of hubris.

Norse travellers reached every corner of the known world, but they were not tourists. The ‘racially pure’ Vikings of stereotype were, in fact, cultural chameleons adopting local habits, languages and religions. 

The break with Rome set England apart from continental Europe. It was born of personal desires rather than matters of principle. 

The conflicts that devastated Renaissance Europe were justified by ancient ideas rooted in natural law and Christianity. Though replaced by legal frameworks for the conduct of war between states, the killing continues.

Founded in Oakland, California more than half a century ago, the Black Panther Party’s revolutionary image and legacy remain as political and racially divisive as ever. 

The notorious highwayman was hanged on 7 April 1739.

The North African country before and after Islam. 

David K. Niles worked in the shadows of US presidents. He also helped save their administrations.

Marrying the sister of a deceased wife was illegal in Victorian England.

‘Socialism with a human face’ came head to head with the realities of Soviet communism.

There is nothing new about uncrewed aircraft.

Menorah from the King’s Bible by Isaac ben Judah of Toulouse, 1384. As a child, Steven Fine was fascinated by the flickering of the candles on the...
The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans Under the Command of Titus, AD 70, by David Roberts. Exhibits of Jewish culture frequently focus...
Muslim refugees leaving Delhi for Pakistan, 26 September 1947 Yet another book on India’s Partition might appear doomed to déjà vu . Worry...
Bernard Brodie, one of the leading figures in the development of nuclear strategy, known as the ‘American Clausewitz’, wrote in the year after the...
The frontispiece to Thomas Sprat’s History of the Royal Society, 1667. This book is devoted to a renowned image of 17th-century science, namely the...

We will find it ever harder to navigate the past if we lose touch with the myths, legends and religions that helped shape it.  

The historian of Roman literature on Augustus’ funeral and the world’s best museum.

Time in the early modern world lacked precision, but it did have humanity.

Though originally set to music, we almost always encounter the Ancient Greek epics as mute texts. But now their songs can be heard again.