The Battle of Assaye, by J.C. Stadler After W. Heath
The East India Company's army defeated the Mahrattas at the Battle of Assaye on September 23rd, 1803.

Richard Cavendish

View of the Thames with an executed pirate hanging from the gibbets in the background. Copper-plate engraving from London Magazine, 1782 (detail).
What happened to the families pirates left behind?

Rebecca Simon

Fragments of a colossal statue of Domitian from Ephesus, first century AD, Photograph by Sophie Hay
An introduction to one of Rome's bad emperors

Rhys Griffiths

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Volume 68 Issue 10 October 2018

  • Divided loyalties in Tudor England
  • Lord Liverpool, Eurosceptic
  • Recycling to win the Second World War
  • Mesopotamia: the land between two rivers
  • The end of the English republic
  • St George and the Dragon

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