Reviews

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

Dante and the early astronomers, 1913

The pursuit of astronomical study led a Victorian woman from Surrey to the Indian foothills.

The three horsemen?: Alexander II reviewing troops, 19th century © Bridgeman Images

Why is the West is so suspicious of Russia?

Unloading camels at Port Augusta, c.1893. State Library of South Australia, B 68916

Continental Australia has a surprising history of South Asian immigration.

Australian soldiers on parade in New Guinea, c.1944

A new book seeks to change the way we look at the Second World War by challenging three enduring myths about Britain’s involvement. 

A caravan of Arabic traders, by Yahya ibn Mahmud Al-Wasiti, from Al-Hariri’s Maqama, c.1240.

Arabic was not just spread by the sword, but by merchants, patron-hunting poets and dowry-seeking princes.

The man who, at the time of his death in 2012, was arguably the most famous historian in the world is brought into quotidian focus.