Reviews

 "Wall Street bubbles - Always the same". American financier J. P. Morgan is depicted as a bull, blowing soap bubbles for eager investors, 22 May 1901.

A new book is a paean to American capitalism.

View of Damascus, 17th century © Bridgeman Images

In the Arabian peninsula, non-Muslim groups were converted, driven out or killed by Islamic armies. In Syria, they were not.

Alma Mahler with her husband, Gustav, 1909.

Why do we have a fixation with Alma Mahler?

 Waffen SS recruiting poster circulated in Belgium for a replacement army. The letters SS stab the ‘Judeo-Bolshevik dragon’.

The notion that Jews were responsible for both capitalism and communism was widespread in the early 20th century.

Neville Chamberlain announcing "Peace in our Time" on his arrival at Heston Airport, 30 September 1938.

An admirable retelling of the traditional history of appeasement.

Illustration for The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1896

Is a biography of Chaucer impossible?

John Buchan

An intimate understanding of John Buchan with a scholarly reading of the immense mass of his papers 

Elizabeth I, by Nicholas Hilliard, c.1580 Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2019/Bridgeman Images

Nicholas Hilliard was a portraitist at the pinnacle of his profession.

 God in the machine?: Detail from Darkness, by Wassily Kandinsky, 1943 © Bridgeman Images

Christian thinkers whose lives and thoughts connected in 1943, when it looked like the Allies were on top and minds turned to the future. 

Lucy Hay (née Percy), Countess of Carlisle, by Adriaen Hanneman, c.1660 © Bridgeman Images

A hidden network of 17th-century female spies