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This Month's Magazine

In our March 2018 issue:

  • Brutus: an honourable man?
  • The rehabilitation of Charles I
  • Iran and the Cold War
  • Charlemagne, Muhammad and the Fall of Rome
  • Théodore Tronchin, doctor to the stars
  • The end of Portugal's empire
  • A history of Nepal in pictures

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Selected articles from this issue

Bust of Marcus Tullius Cicero, first century AD

The man who conspired to kill Julius Caesar was not quite the friend to Romans and countrymen that his legendary status suggests. 

Théodore Tronchin, by Galliard after Liotard, 18th century.

In the fashionable female circles of 18th-century Paris, a physician who recommended fresh air, exercise and looser corsets became a celebrated figure.

Iranian riflemen guard a refinery belonging to the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, 1940s.

During the Second World War, Britain, the US and the Soviet Union worked together in oil-rich Iran. But cooperation was to degenerate into suspicion and hostility.

The myths that surround the ultimately tragic rule of Charles I mask the realities of a courageous and uxorious king who fell foul of a bitter struggle between two sides of English Protestantism.

Henri Pirenne transformed the way historians think about the end of the Classical world and the beginning of the Middle Ages.

Power couple: The Lover's Seat: Shelley and Mary Godwin in Old St Pancras Churchyard by William Powell Frith, 1877

Behind the dominating presence of Frankenstein, the richness of Mary Shelley’s life is in danger of being lost.

King Sebastian of Portugal, by Cristóvão de Morais, 16th century.

The 16th century was a time of crisis and change for Portugal’s empire.

Choppy waters: a wounded soldier is evacuated from Dunkirk, 1940.

It is tempting to try to understand events such as Brexit through historical analogies, but how useful are these comparisons?

Slum in Victorian London, 19th century. (Bridgeman Images)

The seemingly insignificant objects of our daily lives are vital tools to understanding our past.

The historian on her love for Mary Wollstonecraft, Locke’s manuscripts and why you should wash your hands.

Portrait of Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820

The French emperor was a hero to the composer, inspiring a revolutionary symphony. But disillusionment was soon to follow.