This Month's Magazine

March Issue

In the March issue:

  • Shampoo Empire 
  • Britain’s Gardening Revolution
  • A Cure Worse than Disease
  • The Great Rabbit Hoax
  • The State of the Nation
  • Why is the Public so Obsessed with the Nazis?
  • Escape to Mexico
  • Eels
  • Liverpool’s Slave Trade
  • English Saints in Ireland

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Selected articles from this issue

An eel, probably a serpent eel, from Aquatilium animalium historiea, liber primus, by Ippolito Salviani, 1554 © British Library Board/Bridgeman Images.

The slippery subject of eel reproduction evaded human understanding for millennia.

The Saracens besiege a Christian city, detail from The Song of Saint Mary, 1221-84 Photo © Luisa Ricciarini/Bridgeman Images.

Acre was the most cosmopolitan city in the medieval world. Its inhabitants thought it too valuable to destroy. They were wrong.

Mahomed’s Baths on Brighton seafront, c.1820 © Hulton Getty Images.

Shampooing was brought to Britain by a Bengali immigrant who knew his craft – and how to sell it.

View of Hampton Court, by Leonard Knyff, c.1702. Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2020/Bridgeman Images.

Stately homes surrounded by extravagant gardens are a staple of the English countryside, but how were they funded?

 ‘Is This a Time for Sleep?’, 1883, in which Cholera looms over New York Harbor while Science sleeps 23 © Granger/Bridgeman Images.

Quarantine is intended to protect, but it can also punish.