History

The Downfall of Money, by Frederick Taylor - review

7 September 2013 9:00 am

In Germany in 1923 money was losing its value so fast that the state printing works could not keep up.…

Dot Wordsworth: We've been self-whipping since 1672

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Isabel Hardman of this parish explained after last week’s government defeat that a deluded theory among the party leadership had…

The Rocks Don’t Lie, by David R. Montgomery - review

31 August 2013 9:00 am

James McConnachie finds that theology and geology have been unlikely bedfellows for centuries

Russian Roulette, by Giles Milton - review

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Had Onan not spilled his seed upon the ground, he might have invented invisible ink. The possibility had not occurred…

The Huguenots, by Geoffrey Treasure - review

24 August 2013 9:00 am

There could be no backsliding while preparing the next plot, murder or battle in the French Wars of Religion, says Hywel Williams

A Classless Society, by Alwyn W. Turner - review

24 August 2013 9:00 am

The title of Alwyn W. Turner’s book could deter readers. Even the Hollywood film The Secret Lives of Dentists promised…

The Good Nurse, by Charles Graeber - review

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Charles Cullen, an American nurse, murdered several hundred patients by the administration in overdose of restricted drugs. Hospitals should be…

The Rainborowes, by Adrian Tinniswood - review

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Adrian Tinniswood, so gifted and spirited a communicator of serious history to a wide readership, here brings a number of…

Anne Boleyn’s last secret

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Why was the queen executed with a sword, rather than an axe?

Queen Victoria

The Coronation Chair and the Stone of Scone, by Warwick Rodwell - review

17 August 2013 9:00 am

The Coronation Chair currently stands all spruced up, following last year’s conservation, under a crimson canopy, by the west entrance…

Sorry – the Vikings really were that bad

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Forget that guff about peaceful farmers with an interest in travel

Tudor, by Leanda de Lisle - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

The Tudors, England’s most glamorous ruling dynasty, were self-invented parvenus, with ‘vile and barbarous’ origins, Anne Somerset reminds us

Island, by J. Edward Chamberlin - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

‘Tom Island’ — that was the name I was given once by a girl I met on an island in…

The Life and Death of the Spanish Republic, by Henry Buckley - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

With Spain’s economic crisis in the forefront of global news, it would be fascinating to see what a reporter of…

8th July 1941: A group of children whose homes have been destroyed by World War II bombing raids enjoy a walk in the English countryside to which they have been evacuated. (Photo by Fred Morley/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

A secret sperm donor service in post-first world war London

3 August 2013 9:00 am

The strange tale of how 500 women were helped to conceive after the first world war

The Ghosts of Happy Valley, by Juliet Barnes - review

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Rift Valley, Kenya The other day when I told the headmaster of a top British public school that I came…

Magic, by Ricky Jay - review

3 August 2013 9:00 am

People, they say, want different things from a book over the summer than they do the rest of the year.…

Edwardian Opulence, edited by Angus Trumble - review

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Margaret MacMillan says that the ostentation of the Edwardian Age focuses the mind painfully on the horror that was so quickly to follow

Niccolo Machiavelli, by Corrado Vivanti; The Garments of Court and Palace, by Philip Bobbitt

27 July 2013 9:00 am

One more anniversary, one more cache of commemorative books. This time we are celebrating the half-millennium since Niccolò Machiavelli produced…

The Annals of Unsolved Crime, by Edward Jay Epstein - review

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Edward Jay Epstein is an American investigative journalist, now in his late seventies, who has spent at least half a…

Music & Monarchy, by David Starkey - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Music has always been integral to the image and power of monarchy. Our present Royal family should take note, says Jonathan Keate

Adhocism, by Charles Jencks - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Here, for time travellers, is the whack-job spirit of ’68 in distillate form, paperbound and reissued in facsimile (with some…

Against Their Will, by Allen M. Hornblum - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

After the Morecambe Bay Hospital scandal a new era opens of compassion, -whistle-blowing, naming names and possible prosecutions. But what…

Dark Actors, by Robert Lewis - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

No book about Dr David Kelly could start anywhere other than at the end. Kelly is found, dead, in a…