This Month's Magazine

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In this issue:

  • The Battle that Saved England
  • Marie Curie: the woman behind the myth
  • Tongue-tied: what did the Romans really speak?
  • Refining the Body Beautiful
  • The Battles of Hastings
  • National Gallery: Korea
  • Plus: On the Spot with Averil Cameron, what makes a 'good' migrant, history of childbirth and the music of warfare.

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Selected articles from this issue

By Alexander Lee

The nature of warfare is constantly changing. So are the challenges that composers face in depicting the sound and struggle of battle.

By History Today

We ask 20 questions of leading historians on why their research matters, one book everyone should read and their views on the Tudors …

By Paul Lay

The path to democracy is a long one. It should not be taken for granted.

By Zareer Masani

The foundations of modern India were laid by the British governor-general, Warren Hastings. But he paid a heavy personal price.

By Alun Withey

There is beauty to be had from the smallest of objects. In the 18th century, tweezers, toothpicks and clippers became the signs of a polite, and beautiful, society.

By Katherine McDonald

Latin was used throughout the Roman Empire, but it shared space with a host of other languages and dialects, including Greek, Oscan and Etruscan, which give us a unique perspective on the ancient world.

By Patricia Fara

Marie Skłodowska Curie, the world’s most famous female physicist, was born 150 years ago, on 7 November 1867. Although her legacy is assured, in her lifetime she was a controversial figure.

By Sean McGlynn

A little-known encounter between the English and French navies should rank alongside Trafalgar and the defeat of the Armada.

By Eleanor Parker

It is tempting to adopt a black-and-white view of the past, but history is complex and should be judged on its own merits.