Volume 70 Issue 3 March 2020

The slippery subject of eel reproduction evaded human understanding for millennia.

The history of the Third Reich remains as popular as ever. Why?

Filmmakers, revolutionaries, Iranian shahs – Mexico has a long history of providing political asylum.

The Norse god who found a new immortality in the stage works of Richard Wagner.

In 1726, Mary Toft gave birth to rabbits. The case became a test of the doctors’ scientific principles.

Recent political crises have shown the importance – and neglect – of constitutional history.

Acre was the most cosmopolitan city in the medieval world. Its inhabitants thought it too valuable to destroy. They were wrong.

Shampooing was brought to Britain by a Bengali immigrant who knew his craft – and how to sell it.

Stately homes surrounded by extravagant gardens are a staple of the English countryside, but how were they funded?

A chivalric form of planned battle took place on 26 March 1351.

An audacious plan to install an English saint as the patron saint of Ireland.

The anniversary of the abolition of slavery reminds us how visible the memory of Britain’s slave trade remains.

Recent government proposals are merely the latest in a long history of hostility.

Quarantine is intended to protect, but it can also punish.

There has, over the last decade or so, been a growing interest in the personal behind the political as far as America’s 19th-century legislative...
When Sergei Volkonsky was exiled to Siberia in December 1825, his wife Maria volunteered to go with him. Her devotion was matched only by her strong...
After the mammoth effort of his magisterial biography of Winston Churchill, Andrew Roberts relaxes with this short collection of essays – possibly...
Do all cities have individual characters? Or do only the greatest ones grow a personality? Accost a few pedestrians on the Canebière, the now-shabby...
David D. Hall has devoted his career to restoring the reputation of the religious sensibilities of the first English migrants to New England. His...
Most of the intended readers of Michael Hunter’s provocative and enjoyably readable new study will instantly recognise the allusion in its title. In...

A warning housed in one of the jewels of the Italian Renaissance is as pertinent now as ever.

‘History seems to have little influence on many of our rulers.’ 

There is nothing new about political divisions, nor attempts to heal them.