This Month's Magazine

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In the January issue:

  • The Inca's Last Stand
  • The League of Planets
  • The First Shots in the Irish War of Independence
  • Misery in the Head
  • A Portrait of Empire
  • History of Wolves
  • Surviving Nuclear War
  • Jesus the Feminist
  • Plague

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Selected articles from this issue

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.

A satire on the coronation of Napoleon: 'The Imperial Coronation', Thomas Rowlandson, 1804. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Shedding past light on recent royal scandal, four historians consider the future of an ancient institution.

Ben Jones.

The repression in China’s Xinjiang region has deep historical roots.

Ehecatl (left) and Mictlantecuhtli with 20 calendar day signs,  Codex Borgia, c.1450, Apostolic Library, Vatican City © Bridgeman Images.

An ‘almanac of destiny’ predicts the fortunes of the harvest.

The Calchaquí Valleys, Argentina. Guy Christian/Alamy.

An Indigenous rebellion in colonial Argentina foreshadowed later risings – and resonates to this day.

The body of Sean Treacy is carried away following a shoot-out with the Black and Tans, Dublin, 14 October 1920 © Sean Sexton/Getty Images.

A squalid incident in Tipperary set the tone for a bitter conflict.

Pain and Sickness, from the Migraine Action Art Collection, 1983. Courtesy Migraine Action Art Collection (418)/Wellcome Collection.

In the stomach, the mind, or the brain – migraine’s causes and remedies have been debated for 2,000 years.

 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.

Mail-order radiation protection suits made by Civil Defence Supply, c.1980 © Hulton/Getty Images.

The 1980 Protect and Survive booklet opened government plans to ridicule.

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?

The body beautiful: the Wound  of Christ, from the Prayer Book of Bonne de Luxembourg, attributed to Jean Le Noir, French, c.1345 © akg-images

Medieval women’s bodies were a battleground: they were either irretrievably sinful, or they were Christ-like.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Dr. Margaret Mead in Samoan dress, with Fa'amotu.

Anthropology's rise in popularity challenged previous ways of thinking about human development.

Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge under construction in the 1870s © Getty Images.

Finding the grit in Brooklyn's gentrification.

Claims to civilisation: Michael Howard © Avalon Licensing.

No one understood the literary dimension of conflict better than Michael Howard.

Frescoed shop in Pompeii, Luigi Bazzani c.1927. Wiki Commons.

‘If I was let loose in the archives of the Archaeological Museum in Naples I might never emerge.’

Fra Angelico’s Deposition  from the Cross (detail), 1436 © Bridgeman Images.

It is a pity when specialist historians condescend to an enthusiastic public.