The frontispiece to Thomas Sprat’s History of the Royal Society, 1667.

A microhistory offers new insights into the creation of the Royal Society amid the intellectual brilliance of Restoration England.

Pacification with Maroons on the Island of Jamaica, by Agostino Runias (1728-96).

Maroon freedom fighters on two Caribbean islands helped hasten the abolition of slavery.

Shop damage following Kristallnacht

A Jewish woman’s journey through Nazi Germany and Vichy France to safety in Switzerland.

Christabel (left) and Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903.

The Women’s Social and Political Union played a crucial role in the campaign to gain the vote for women. 

President Franklin D. Roosevelt on board a US warship, c.1935.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s genius inspired hope during the Great Depression and played a crucial role in the Second World War.

Charles II in about 1650, by Adriaen Hanneman (or his studio).

A lively account highlights the heroic exploits of his loyal companions and the ravages of war against Cromwell.

Robert Yeamans (d.1643), disinterred in 1814 by John S. Miller.

A gory, fascinating and highly original study of changing attitudes to death and dead bodies.

Richmond Palace, 1765 engraving by James Basire, 'based on an ancient drawing'.

A skilfully woven synthesis tells the story of the castles, palaces and great houses of Tudor England.

Relief portraying a Phoenician merchant ship, fourth century BC.

The Phoenicians were the great maritime traders of the ancient Mediterranean.

Defeat into victory: Grant after the battle of Cold Harbor, June 1864

A vast biography of General Grant questions received opinions, while a new edition of his memoirs confirms their historic status.