This Month's Magazine

Cover of the October issue
Cover of the October issue

In our October issue:

  • Divided loyalties in Tudor England
  • Lord Liverpool, Eurosceptic
  • Recycling to win the Second World War
  • Mesopotamia: the land between two rivers
  • The end of the English republic
  • St George and the Dragon

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Selected articles from this issue

Detail from A Brothel Converted to  a Convent by Jan Milíč  of Kroměříž’, from the Slav Epic, by Alphonse Marie Mucha, 1916.

The modern belief that the Middle Ages was a time of ignorance and superstition means that we often end up believing fantastic stories, too, as the tale of a Czech preacher and his emperor demonstrates.

Robert  Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, portrait by Thomas Lawrence, 1820.

The prime minister at the time of Napoleon’s defeat was a keen observer of European politics. His government sought a balance of power on the Continent, but with minimal British engagement.

US Marines evacuating wounded comrades, Kut al-Amara, 3 April 2003. (Gilles Bassignac/Gamma-Rapho, Paris)

Two imperial ventures, in the same Middle East town a century apart, reveal the similarities – and differences – in the exercise of power.

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Observed by Queen Katherine (1870), by Marcus Stone.

For the lesser-known members of the great Tudor dynasties, loyalties were divided. Should you support your king, queen or family?

As the Battle of Britain raged overhead, the nation’s women were urged to salvage metal for the war effort. But was it just propaganda?

Compositeur fantastique: Hector Berlioz, by Pierre Petit, c.1860.

The power and perils of reconstructing the music of Napoleon's time.

Bronze relief panel from the Gutenberg Monument in Mainz, by David d’Angers, 1840.

How one of the greatest advances in human culture also helped divide Christendom.