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. 

Bust of Nefertiti, probably crafted in the Tuthmose workshop in about 1345 BC.

In contrast to today’s youth-obsessed media, in Ancient Egypt, eye bags and wrinkles were seen as signs of a long life, well lived.

‘Brunnhilde Implores the Valkyries’, from Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, 1910 edition.

An enthralling study of the power of aerial women and their challenge to patriarchy. 

Quaranic inscriptions on the dome of the mausoleum of the 13th-century Persian mystic Jalal al-Din Muhammad al-Rumi, Konya, central Anatolia.

An introduction to Sufism, the mystical-ascetical movement within Islam, whose followers have often been the target of ISIS jihadis.

West German Chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, makes his farewell speech before resigning from office on 15 October 1963, with Willy Brandt, Chancellor 1969-74, on his left.

How did Germany’s postwar politicians deal with the legacy of Nazism and defeat?

Thiruvalluvar statue at Kanya Kumari, Tamil Nadu, India.

An eclectic account of the complex history of south India, where centuries move back and forth.

Alcibiades being taught by Socrates, by François-André Vincent, 1776.

An idiosyncratic introduction to the Classical world will delight the Oscar-winning scriptwriter’s many admirers, but perhaps not newcomers.