Volume 51 Issue 10 October 2001

Child’s Play in Medieval England

Phillipe Ariès once argued that childhood did not exist in the Middle Ages. The survival of toys and depictions of games in medieval manuscripts prove otherwise.

Rome in Poland

Richard Monte presents the forthcoming Polish film adaptation of Quo Vadis.

Painted Ladies

Charles Saumarez Smith, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, reflects on some of the issues raised by the exhibition 'Painted Ladies: Women at the Court of Charles II'.

The Body Politic: Diseases and Discourses

Roy Porter opens our new series on Picturing History, based on a series of lectures organised in conjunction with Reaktion Books, and shows how 18th-century images of the medical profession flow over into the work of political caricaturists.