The reasons for the brevity of the Latin presence in the 12th-century Eastern Mediterranean.

Combining grand narrative with vignettes of private lives and long-forgotten events, the last 500 years of Jewish life are told by a consummate master of his craft.

Liberty Leading the People, 30 July 1830, by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), painted 1830-31.

A lucid, entertaining history of France and its cultural contribution by an accomplished master of the grand narrative.

Miranda, Prospero and Ariel from The Tempest.

Two fascinating, in-depth studies look, respectively, at representations of the Bard as a historical character and perceptions of his originality and reputation.

An open-work ivory panel of a human-headed sphinx, c.900-700 BC, found at Fort Shalmaneser in northern Iraq.

An authoritative and engaging new study questions whether this Eastern Mediterranean culture had a homogeneous language or cultural heritage.

Vadim Kozin.

Despite the difficulties in accessing official archival sources, the history of homophobic persecution in Russia is covered convincingly in this study.

Ferdinand Columbus.

The second son of Christopher Columbus amassed one of the greatest collections of books and prints of the Renaissance.

Capital in the north portico to the Courtyard of the Myrtles in the Comares Palace of the Alhambra.

A comprehensive study of the Alhambra cuts through centuries of myth to give us a sense of the vibrant spectacle that greeted its original residents and diplomatic visitors.

Napoleon Bonaparte as emperor, by François Baron Gérard, c.1805.

How Napoleon bestrode Europe, playing a deadly serious ‘game of thrones’.

Woodcut illustrating a method of training memory through place-based images from Johannes Romberch’s Congestorium Artifiose Memoriae, printed in Venice (1553).

An exploration of early modern memory complicates the idea that the period relied on traditions and repetition to understand the past.