Reviews

Llannerch, Denbighshire, Wales, c.1667, unknown artist.

Four centuries of horticultural endeavours in the modest plots of the ‘lower orders’. 

Denis Diderot.

The trials and tribulations of Denis Diderot.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin, designed by Peter Eisenman and inaugurated in 2005.

A long and detailed challenge to the modern cult of memory.

From Heimat: A German Family Album, Nora Krug, 2018.

The question of the responsibility of the ‘everyman’ and ‘everywoman’ remains a pressing one.

Sculpture of Agrippina crowning her young son Nero (c. 54–59 AD)

On the women who made imperial Rome.

Lithograph of Kandahar by Lieutenant James Rattray, 1848.

The story of Afghanistan from the 13th century until the present illuminates why the international intervention that began in 2001 failed to deliver.

Flag of the United States of America with 34 stars, made of wool and cotton by Mrs John E. Forbes, 1861-63.

A wise and readable narrative history of the United States is a reminder of how tenaciously previous generations have clung to the view that the country is the ‘last, best hope of earth’.

Wall painting of a bird in a garden, Pompeii, first century AD.

The role birds played in the lives – intellectual, practical, emotional and otherwise – of men and women in the ancient world. 

John Lilburne

The remarkable rise of John Lilburne.

Denis Diderot.

A professionally organised covert industry satisfied the public’s demand for illicit books in the years before the French Revolution.