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.

A family being served tea, c.1740 (oil on canvas), English School 18th century

The British love for 'a nice cup of tea' was carefully manipulated to promote the British Empire.

The relationship between the very different expanses of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea began long before Columbus.

Long before he helped to draft the Declaration of Independence, Franklin was a printer, an inventor and a philosopher. 

Viceroy of Ethiopia, General Rodolfo Graziani, Addis Ababa, November 1936

Italy's conquest of Addis Ababa was hailed an imperial triumph by Mussolini, though most Ethiopians had only bows and arrows with which to defend themselves.