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Malcolm Gaskill

Elizabeth Watson, daughter of a major investor in the Virginia Company, wears pearls and ostrich-feather designs - both symbols of the Americas - in a portrait by Robert Peake, 1615

A study of English settlers in America raises profound questions of identity.

On the 60th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Hood, Malcolm Gaskill looks at the prosecution of medium Helen Duncan for witchcraft in 1944.