20 Elizabeths I divided loyalties

In public, the Virgin Queen lionised her father, Henry VIII. But, as

Tracy Borman argues, in private she revered her late mother

28 On top of the world

Robin Ashcroft marks the 70th anniversary of the ascent of Everest by revisiting the perilous race to reach “the third pole”

35 Death to the Sun King!

Josephine Wilkinson identifies who she believes was the real culprit behind a series of attempts to assassinate French monarch Louis XIV

40 Historys greatest killers

Jonathan Kennedy charts six moments when diseases didn’t only make people sick, but also triggered seismic shifts in wider society

46 Britain and Palestine

Matthew Hughes explores the violent conclusion of the British Palestine Mandate, and the emergence of the State of Israel


6 Anniversaries

The Conversation

  • Should historians interpret the past via the prism of the present?
  • Michael Wood on Shakespeare’s First Folio
  • Does history need reclaiming?
  • Hidden Histories
  • Letters
  • Q&A History questions answered


  • Interview: David Carpenter on the tussle for power between Henry III and Simon de Montfort
  • New history books reviewed


  • Diary: What to see and do this month
  • Podcast: Tudor clothing
  • Explore: Pembroke
  • Historic Cities: Madrid
  • Prize crossword

My history hero

  • Patrice Lawrence picks singer and musician Lord Kitchener