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Miniature of woman reading, from the Chronicles of the King of France, by Robert Gaguin, Paris, 1514.

An increasingly powerful state was made possible by the creation of archival networks.

Robert Graves in 1920

The life and work of the war poet and author is revealed in all its rich complexity.

Raised-relief image of Minerva on a Roman gilt silver bowl, first century BC.

A study of cultish rituals in Roman Britain reveals a cross-fertilisation of religions.

Antrim Coast, featuring the Giant’s Causeway, depicted in a poster for the London, Midland and Scottish Railway. Artwork by R.G. Praill, c.1924.

By escaping its neighbour’s orbit, the history of Ireland has moved out of its traditional comfort zones.

Court shoes of ‘Mrs Broughton Rowse’, in kid leather with silk rosettes, c.1790s.

The story of silk, which connected the world with a thread.

Mary Squires in a 19th-century engraving.

A sympathetic narrative of a people integral to the national story.

Opium poppy, white flowers and seed capsule, about 1853, after Miss M.A. Burnett.

Opium has been known and used for more than 7,000 years. A brilliantly researched and wide-ranging study brings its history up to date.

Interior of the Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba, Spain.

A history of medieval Iberia that reaches beyond simply a tale of Convivencia and Reconquista.

Queen Charlotte by Allan Ramsay.

Three German-born princesses made important contributions to the art, medicine and science of Georgian Britain.

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.