Volume 67 Issue 3 March 2017
The deal to buy Alaska from Russia was signed on 30 March 1867.
The American poet died on March 26th, 1892 after completing his masterpiece, Leaves of Grass, a year earlier.
Ralegh's fateful attempt to discover El Dorado began on March 17th, 1617.
The 18th century saw many royal deaths, all of which had to be mourned. The effect was felt in every part of life.
Kate Wiles highlights the Ottoman cartographer Piri Re'is and his charts, which blend navigation and art.
It is widely believed that the Crusades were a clash of civilisations. But a closer examination reveals a complexity that has eluded many historians.
Laughing at experts is nothing new. Kate Davison explores our long history of puncturing the powerful with satire and humour – to keep them in line and just for the fun of it.
Struggling to make sense of the Holocaust, one Hungarian novelist came to the startling realisation that the 20th century’s darkest moment might not yield any lessons for posterity.
The small city of Hereford became one of England’s most important pilgrim sites due to the many miracles attributed to a local saint.
In a world of rapid growth in maritime trade, understanding the tides was vital. Yet it was a complex process, dependent on science, geography, mathematics, religion and ego, writes Hugh Aldersey-Williams.
Since the Iliad, war has inspired stories – mixing fact and fiction – which reveal as much, if not more, about the realities of conflict as academic studies. John E. Talbott examines writing about ‘the human condition at its most extreme’.
A comprehensive account of the man who split western Christendom for good.
Along with Robin Hood, the romantic highwayman is one of the great myths of English outlawry. But the model for this most gallant of rogues was a Frenchman, who carried out audacious robberies with a touch of Parisian flair. John Sugden on Claude Duval’s life and legend.
Drake’s exploits in the New World made him perfect material for the English gutter press and a figurehead for rising Hispanophobia.
British systems of welfare and adult social care are not so different from aspects of the traditional Poor Laws.
Looking beyond the usual rogues’ gallery of historical figures can help us to better understand the past.