Stephen Halliday describes how the famous nurse's passion for statistics helped her campaigns for soldiers and the poor.
Heroes of the British Empire
Max Jones asks why modern Britain is less inclined to celebrate the superstars of the imperial age.
Although largely vilified, William J Ashworth explains why smugglers were a driving force behind the explosion of consumerism in 18th-century Britain.
The most important document in English history? The big questions answered.