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In 1805, a lady’s maid from Cork visited the palace of a Russian princess and inadvertently became one of the first published Irish writers on Russia.

Combat of the Thirty. Miniature from the Chronicles of the History of the Bretons (1480), de Pierre Le Baud. Wiki Commons.

A chivalric form of planned battle took place on 26 March 1351.

Great Britain and Ireland, from the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, by Willem Blaeu, 1635 © Bridgeman Images.

The path to Britain’s Civil Wars of the 17th century was paved in the three very different realms of England, Scotland and Ireland. But it was in the richest and most populous of these that crisis escalated into conflict.

Antisemitic riots in Algiers, 1898-99 © Bridgeman Images.

Since the late 19th century, French politics has provided a testing ground for right-wing populism.

French advertisement for indhaméline hormone (detail), c.1930-40. Bridgeman Images.

A far-reaching account of the significance of menopause in human evolution.

 The Ptolemaic system of the universe from the Harmonia Macrocosmica, by Andreas Cellarius, 1708 © Bridgeman Images

The long and complicated history of why there are 360 degrees in a circle.

Matador Manuel Granero with the bull, Pocapena, in Madrid, 7 May 1922. Granero would die as a result of being gored during this fight. Photograph by Ernest Hemingway © Ullstein Bild/Getty Images.

Ernest Hemingway’s love of bullfighting bordered on obsession. Did he see his own insecurities reflected in the ring?

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A message from the team at History Today.

Promotional photo of Lyudmila Pavlichenko ‘defending Sevastopol’, 6 June 1942 © Ozersky/AFP/Getty Images

The ‘Guerrilla Queen’ of Soviet Russia became a role model for women in combat.

Interrogation at an inquisition tribunal, 17th-century coloured engraving © Bridgeman Images.

With the aim of converting souls rather than punishing them, the Jesuits were vital collaborators in the Roman Inquisition.