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English resistance: miniature showing Edmund’s death, from  ‘The Lives of St Edmund and  St Fremund’, c.1450. (Bridgeman Images)

The cult of the quintessentially English saint was the product of the Vikings who defeated him.

Detail from a Carrier Air Conditioning advert, United States, 1950s.

Air conditioning across the US brought an industrial boom – at a cost to the environment. 

Newspapers’ sensational coverage has changed very little in the 130 years since the Ripper first struck. 

Given the boot: monarchists and the Iranian army celebrate in Tehran, 27 August 1953.

Why the British government can’t reveal more about an ‘open secret’. 

Ellan Vannin: postcard, late 19th/early 20th century.

From monks to Vikings to tourists, Manx has (almost) survived against the odds.

‘Illiterate men can contemplate in the lines of a picture’:  Gregory the Great, attributed to Carlo Saraceni, c.1610.

The concerns of a Sardinian abbess, as seen through the letters of Gregory the Great.

Emily Jones receives her prize from editor Paul Lay.

All the winners from this year's awards ceremony.

Bad wine: bottles of Lunardelli wine, Bibione near Venice, September 2003.

Never fully exorcised, the memory of Italy’s fascist past is fading.

How will modern women respond to the realities of a 16th-century life?

Meeting of cultures: Amelia Jackman in a cart, 19th century.

The diaries of a young teacher reveal the complexities of racial tensions in the Gold Coast.