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Potosi, from a Map of South America, London c.1715

Potosí’s fame came not only from its wealth, but also its notoriety for appalling working conditions.

Erotic fresco from the lupanar, Pompeii, first century AD. Photo by Frédéric Soltan © Getty Images

The largest of Pompeii's legalised Lupanars is the only surviving ‘purpose-built’ Roman brothel.

England play Hungary at Wembley Stadium in 1953 © Hulton Getty Images

Many of the ideas that shape football today were developed in the 1920s by a generation of Hungarian coaches.

Boney bringing home the truth from Spain (Satire on the Peninsular War), 7 September 1808. Library of Congress

How a government-sponsored network of civilian agents complemented Wellington's own intelligence gathering.

Spreading the word: Louis carrying the Sceptre and Hand of Justice from Registre des Ordonnances de l’Hôtel du Roi, c.1320

For Louis, the conversion of Muslims to Christianity, ideally by peaceful means, was important. 

Waltham Abbey, Essex, c.1840, Peter De Wint. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Exploring Essex beyond the stereotypes.

The '35th' Gutenberg Bible, from the collection of the Library of Congress.

The story of a Gutenberg Bible, from 15th century Mainz to Keio University, Tokyo.

Hostile environment: ‘Furthest South’, September 1915 by Frank Hurley © Royal Geographical Society/Getty Images

The Southern Ocean was the last quadrant of the globe to be ‘discovered’ by Europeans.

Detail from the Dantan family tomb, sculpture by Antoine Laurent Dantan, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. Glenn Harper/Alamy

Catacombs, cemeteries and the dead as a revolutionary force.

Hitler addresses the German nation, 30 January 1933.

Two new biographies advance our understanding of the Ultima Thule in evil.