Volume 62 Issue 4 April 2012

The Book of Becket

The true nature of the relationship between Henry II and his ‘turbulent priest’ Thomas Becket.

The Falklands: Watching Maggie's War

Patrick Bishop’s first assignment as a foreign correspondent was to accompany the British task force sent to the South Atlantic to reclaim the Falkland Islands in April 1982. Thirty years on, he recalls his experience.

Geneva’s Long Shadow

In April 1782 the first of a series of revolutions that were to change the shape of Europe broke out in the republic of Geneva. It was fuelled by a long rift between advocates of the French Enlightenment and opponents of Franco-Catholic imperialism, as Richard Whatmore explains.

Mary Tudor: Queen of Hearts

Mary Rose was the younger sister of Henry VIII. David Loades describes how this forgotten Tudor was something of a wild card.

Titanic: A Night to Forget

For a century the sinking of the Titanic has attracted intense interest. Yet there have been many vested interests keen to prevent media attention.

The Mughals Strike Twice

The two 16th-century battles of Panipat, which took place 30 years apart, are little known in the West. But they were pivotal events in the making of the Mughal Empire as the dominant power of northern India, as Jeremy Black explains.