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Spreading the word: Louis carrying the Sceptre and Hand of Justice from Registre des Ordonnances de l’Hôtel du Roi, c.1320

For Louis, the conversion of Muslims to Christianity, ideally by peaceful means, was important. 

Waltham Abbey, Essex, c.1840, Peter De Wint. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Exploring Essex beyond the stereotypes.

The '35th' Gutenberg Bible, from the collection of the Library of Congress.

The story of a Gutenberg Bible, from 15th century Mainz to Keio University, Tokyo.

Hostile environment: ‘Furthest South’, September 1915 by Frank Hurley © Royal Geographical Society/Getty Images

The Southern Ocean was the last quadrant of the globe to be ‘discovered’ by Europeans.

Detail from the Dantan family tomb, sculpture by Antoine Laurent Dantan, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. Glenn Harper/Alamy

Catacombs, cemeteries and the dead as a revolutionary force.

Hitler addresses the German nation, 30 January 1933.

Two new biographies advance our understanding of the Ultima Thule in evil.

A group of Sioux Indians protests at Alcatraz, 1968 © Getty Images

1964 was the first time Indians were mentioned in a State of the Union address, not as belligerent enemies or a 'problem'.

Auschwitz

The Polish volunteer who infiltrated Auschwitz.

Pablo Picasso wearing a bull mask, Vallauris, France, 1949 © Gjon Mili/Time & Life/Getty Images

A time when anyone who was anyone spent weeks at a time on the Riviera.

German soldiers in Paris, 1943 © Getty Images

A personal interpretation of France under two occupations, reissued as a Modern Classic.