This Month's Magazine

Cover of the May issue

In our May 2018 issue:

  • Mermaids and mermen
  • The United States of Ancient Greece
  • The anchorites who escaped
  • Weapons of war in the Crusades
  • Female painters: portrait of the artist
  • Poland and the problematic nature of Holocaust remembrance
  • The history of Wales in pictures

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Selected articles from this issue

A master of the early Renaissance depicts the moment that Christians regard as the confirmation of Jesus’ divinity.

'Monstra Niliaca Parei', from Aldrovandi’s History of Monsters, 1642.

Some of the most intelligent people in early modern Europe were convinced of the existence of merpeople.

Bust of Philip II of Macedon, first century AD. (Bridgeman Images)

The urge to create a Greek nation state goes back millennia. Its success depended on a shared notion of ‘Greekness’ across widespread city states. 

Hester Street’s pushcarts, by Berenice Abbot, 1935.

The pushcarts of the Lower East Side epitomised New York’s bustling immigrant community. The drive to Americanise brought about their demise and changed the streets forever. 

The Siege of Antioch during the First Crusade in 1098, 15th-century manuscript.

Turkish archers versus Frankish heavy cavalry. The Crusades marked a period of technological breakthroughs in the art of war that would decide the conflict.

The formal enclosure of an anchoress in her cell by a bishop, from a pontifical produced for Bishop Mona of St David’s, 15th century.

Despite the spiritual rewards of the medieval anchorhold, the desire to break free could be overwhelming. 

Portrait of Marie Antoinette with her Children, by Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1787. (Château de Versailles, France / Bridgeman Images)

There were many obstacles preventing women from becoming artists in the 18th century, but those who overcame them created some of the most influential art of their time. 

Crazy Horse and the allied leaders surrendered on 5 May 1877. 

Welsh flag cigarette card, 20th century.

‘The Welsh would be insuperable if only they were inseparable.’

Eminent Albanian: portrait of Skanderbeg by Antonio Maria Crespi ‘il Bustino’, c.1620.

Albania’s greatest military hero dedicated his life to fighting for his beleaguered homeland.

Bitter memories: a German guard on the streets of Gdynia, occupied Poland, September 1939.

A new law exposes the problematic nature of Holocaust remembrance.

Equal rewards: returning soldiers are welcomed at a railway station, 1917.

Why did only some women get the vote in 1918 and what did they do with it?

Thiruvalluvar statue at Kanya Kumari, Tamil Nadu, India.

An eclectic account of the complex history of south India, where centuries move back and forth.