Reviews

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.

Brewer’s son: Thomas Cromwell, after Hans Holbein the Younger, engraving, 17th century.

A master historian’s definitive study of one of the most astonishing and influential careers in English history.

City by the sea: a view of Lisbon, 1548, Spanish woodcut.

A readable history of the Portuguese capital emphasises the modern at the expense of the city’s deeper past. 

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.