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Mrs Blann casts her vote in the North Croydon by-election, 11 March 1948 © Getty Images.

Who was the first and only prime minister to be assassinated? How many people were in the Council of Ten?

The Flood, by Michelangelo Buonarotti, 1509, Sistine Chapel © Bridgeman Images.

Human suffering is at the heart of Michelangelo’s masterpiece.

Claudius is proclaimed emperor, by Charles Lebayle, 1886. École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts / Wiki Commons.

Four historians consider the harm caused by those who should have helped their political masters.

Interior of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Michael D Beckwith/Wiki Commons.

History has taught me that even ‘unreformable’ systems can be reformed or dismantled from within.

Penelope Unravelling the Shroud, by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1783-84, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles © akg-images.

Despite a legion of suitors, the wife of Odysseus remains loyal to his memory.

'Great activity in Wall Street', published in New York Herald, March 19, 1908. Library of Congress.

Four historians consider whether the sudden collapse of the world economy caused by the Covid-19 pandemic will be followed by an equally dramatic resurgence.

Le Musée de la Boulangerie à Bonnieux.

What historical topic have I changed my mind on? The ‘greatness’ of Britain. 

The Family of Darius before Alexander, by Paolo Veronese, c.1565-67, National Gallery, London © Bridgeman Images.

The Classical world in Venetian colours.

Which Pope refused Henry VIII’s annulment? When was income tax first levied in Britain?

Holland House library after an air raid, 23 October 1940. This photograph was likely staged for propaganda purposes. Wiki Commons.

Four historians consider what the past might tell us about everyday responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.