Lincoln's nemesis: John Wilkes Booth, c.1864
The man who killed Abraham Lincoln was shot dead on April 26th, 1865.

Richard Cavendish

Mussolini in the company of his legitimate family, 1929.
Mussolini's German-backed 'real Fascism' experiment.

Richard Bosworth

Play on: red-figure amphora with musical scene, attributed to the Niobid Painter, c.460-50 BC.
Though originally set to music, we almost always encounter the Ancient Greek epics as mute texts. But now their songs can be heard again.

Alexander Lee

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Volume 68 Issue 5 May 2018

  • Mermaids and mermen
  • The United States of Ancient Greece
  • The anchorites who escaped
  • Weapons of war in the Crusades
  • Female painters: portrait of the artist
  • Poland and the problematic nature of Holocaust remembrance
  • The history of Wales in pictures

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