may 2020 • issue 486

Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Assistant Editors Frank Brinkley • David Gelber Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack Editorial & Marketing Assistant Michael Delgado Marketing Manager Constance Watson Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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diary 1 D J Taylor

crown & sceptre 6 John Adamson

The Habsburgs: The Rise and Fall of a World Power Martyn Rady 8 David A H B Taylor

Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court of Charles II Linda Porter 9 Sarah Dunant

A Renaissance Marriage: The Political & Personal Alliance of Isabella d ’Este & Francesco Gonzaga, 1490–1519 Carolyn James

politics & power 11 Thomas W Laqueur

The Politics of Humiliation: A Modern History Ute Frevert 12 Richard Norton-Taylor

Snowden’s Box: Trust in the Age of Surveillance Jessica Bruder & Dale Maharidge • Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden & the Surveillance State Barton Gellman 14 Dmitri Levitin

Ultra: The Underworld of Italian Football Tobias Jones

art & music 16 Kevin Jackson

Circles & Squares: The Lives & Art of the Hampstead Modernists Caroline Maclean 17 John McAleer

Aquatint Worlds: Travel, Print, & Empire, 1700–1820 Douglas Fordham 19 Michael Tanner

Wagner’s Parsifal: The Music of Redemption Roger Scruton

architecture 20 Phineas Harper

The Art of Earth Architecture: Past, Present, Future Jean Dethier

footprints 22 Alan Taylor on James Hogg