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‘And nightly meadow-fairies, look you sing’: illustration for Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, by Hugh Thomson, 1910.

Folklore, fairies and demonic spirits in the sceptical 17th century.

Change at last: engraving celebrating the emancipation of slaves, by Thomas Nast, c.1863.

As today, accusations of rape in 19th-century America inevitably, and repeatedly, met with harsh backlashes against the victims.

A new life: a moorish woman in Granada, from Christoph Weiditz’s Trachtenbuch, 1530s.

A previously unnamed slave in Catherine of Aragon’s bedchamber may have known the answer to one of history’s greatest questions.

The ‘C Room’ in the Members’ Library.

For 200 years, the House of Commons Library has guided politicians and policy.

The Flying Ace reflected one generation’s memories of war and shaped those of the next.

War of words: Sefton Delmer broadcasting to Germany from the BBC, 1 November 1941.

Britain’s psychological warfare campaign against the Nazis pre-empted the information wars of the 21st century. 

Detail of the Lindisfarne Gospels, f.27r (c) British Library Board.

The British Library’s new exhibition is a star-studded tour of the Anglo-Saxons at their most eloquent.

Rise and fall: Cromwell Dissolving the Long Parliament, by Benjamin West (1782).

The English republic was brought down by the same forces that brought it to power.

The national campaign for suffrage saw women forming societies from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

José Luis Bustamante y Rivero, c.1940s

The rise and fall of José Luis Bustamante’s left-wing presidency.