This Month’s Magazine

In the May issue:

Napoleon: Two Centuries of Life After Death, Slavery in the American West, Popes, Melancholy, the Irish War of Independence, John Brown, Polling in a Pandemic, Yemen.

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May 2021


Britannia’s ‘Huns’

The moral authority Britain gained during the First World War was undermined by the behaviour of the Crown Forces during the Irish War of Independence.

The Lives of Napoleon

The erstwhile emperor continues to attract biographers and readers alike. Laura O’Brien assesses recent work on his life and legacy. 


The scorchingly honest assessments of the great and not-so-good that flowed from ‘Chips’ Channon’s poison pen.

A Feather in her Cap

A global trade in feathers, with London at its heart, saw hundreds of millions of birds killed every year. Emily Williamson waged a long and furious campaign against it.