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 Field Marshal Sir Jeffery Amherst, by Joshua Reynolds, 1765 © Bridgeman Images.

Three lives from Britain’s 18th-century global empire speak of collaboration, resistance and ambivalence.

The Edge of Doom, by Samuel Colman, 1836-38 Bequest of Laura L Barnes © Bridgeman Images.

Science and superstition collided when an apocalypse was predicted to strike the United States in December 1919.

Flagellants known as the Brothers of the Cross proceed through Tournai to free the world of the plague. Chromolithograph after the Chronica Aegidii Li Muisis (1349) © Ann Ronan/Getty Images.

The Plague was not just a medieval illness.

St Francis of Assisi Speaking with the Wolf of Gubbio, by Stefano di Giovanni di Consolo, ‘Il Sassetta’, 1437-44. Photo © Luisa Ricciarini/Bridgeman Images

The most maligned of creatures, since ancient times, wolves have played a central role in mythology.

Written in stone: graffiti on the Great Wall of China © Warren Pettine/Getty Images.

Carving our names on great monuments is a millennia-old tradition, but why do we do it?

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'The Prince Regent in a debauched state’, 19th century © Bridgeman Images.

Crime and punishment, theatre, sex, war, and empire.

Military personnel observing one of the tests in the Buster-Jangle Series in the autumn of 1951. Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office

The nuclear physicist who revealed secrets to the Soviets.

Marie-Antoinette, by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1783 © Bridgeman Images.

Going beyond the clichés to reveal Marie-Antoinette as a political operator with real influence.

'The Girls in Bed', Japan c.1870. Rijksmuseum.

A history from the earliest humans to those occupying ‘the bed of the future’.