Volume 65 Issue 1 January 2015

The mistress of Lord Nelson died on January 15th, 1815. 

The father of Unitarianism in England was baptised on January 14th, 1615.

Mail reform came to Britain on January 10th, 1840.

Fifty years on from Winston Churchill’s death, Chris Wrigley surveys the literature available, highlighting key works and lesser-known titles.

Attempts to rehabilitate ‘Bad’ King John always come up against a major stumbling block: the verdicts of his contemporaries.

The rise of UKIP has spread panic among Britain’s political establishment. But there is nothing new about populist movements, as David Nash reveals in this profile of the newspaper proprietor Horatio Bottomley. 

As the jihadists of ISIS continue their brutal campaign to restore the Islamic caliphate, Conor Meleady draws parallels with the ultimately futile efforts of another would-be caliph a century ago.

Roger Hudson examines a 1915 photograph of the medieval Cloth Hall in the Belgian city of Ypres following heavy German shelling.

Having been moved to London from Nazi Germany, the esteemed library of Renaissance culture played a key role in restoring links between international scholars after the Second World War.

The arguments that took place in the village of Putney among the officers and soldiers of the New Model Army revealed fundamental divisions within the parliamentary forces.

The idea of writing about what we can never know – the interior lives of people other than ourselves – was born within the fertile hybrid culture of 12th-century England.

The embodiment of the youthful revolutionary, Louis-Antoine de Saint-Just was devoured by the Terror he helped unleash.

Herbert Hoover is best known as the 31st president of the United States, a role in which he was much criticised. Glen S. Jeansonne reveals an earlier, more successful episode of extraordinary humanitarianism.

The romantic liaison between the great Amazon warrior queen and the conqueror of the known world has been much mythologised. But did such a delicious pairing really happen? Adrienne Mayor investigates.

The appalling treatment of women and girls by the soldiers of Islamic State and other jihadist groups raises troubling questions about the historical relationship between military conflict and sexual violence.

The beginnings of fashion are often traced to the courts and cities of medieval southern Europe. Should we be looking further north?

While we return again and again to the proto-historians of the classical world, we neglect those pioneering figures closer to us in space and time. Why is this, wonders Mathew Lyons?

Anna Whitelock’s lively and engaging history begins when Elizabeth is a 13-year-old princess...

Among the many ways in which the First World War influenced the Second, genocide has received...

Good Germans should like Churchill, because the British prime minister was the most dogged...

The most striking thing about Hasia...

Like sport, politics is a form of theatre. It has elements of soap opera, melodrama, comedy...

This highly entertaining and often surprising volume recasts our understanding of the contexts of Jewish life in Eastern Europe. The author looks...

Another year, another biography of Elizabeth I. Even the most ardent admirer of Gloriana might be forgiven for thinking that just a little...

Boris Johnson states that his intention in writing this book was two-fold: to bring knowledge of Churchill to a younger generation that knows...