Volume 57 Issue 4 April 2007


Patricia Cleveland-Peck visits a Canadian city that looks to the future yet has an intriguing past.

The Unknown Soldiers

Tobias Grey introduces a film about the North African soldiers in the Second World War which has taken France by storm, and is opening in Britain on March 30th.

Trading Places

Richard Hodges says the rubbish tips of Anglo-Saxon London and Southampton contain intriguing evidence of England’s first businessmen.

The First Folio, for the First Time Since 1623

The Shakespeare First Folio is one of the iconic books in the cultural tradition of the West. Jonathan Bate explains why he is the first scholar for centuries to produce a proper edition of its text.

The Mother of Pictorial Satire

Although most well-known cartoonists have been men, one of the most influential early figures in the field was a woman, Mary Darly. Cartoon historian Mark Bryant looks at her influence as an artist, publisher and  educator.

Pact With the Devil?

One of the great conspiracy theories of the Second World War is that the ­Americans struck a deal with Mafia mobsters to ­conquer Sicily. Tim Newark exposes the truth behind this notorious story of Mafia collaboration.

Shock and Oar: Mary Rose and the Fear of the French Galleys

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the recovery of Henry VIII’s flagship Mary Rose from the seabed of the Solent. David Childs examines how her long career was influenced by the threat of French naval galleys and how these may have contributed to her loss.

Learning in the Classroom

Richard Willis believes the government should pay attention to the history of teacher-training in its plans for school-based training schemes for graduates.