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In this 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. 

The Roman Empire in AD 117, 19th-century map.

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

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.

Cutting humour: a Victorian greetings card in the shape of a cake, c.1880.

A lack of historical knowledge is easily exploited in the fractious world of social media.

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.

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.