In our June 2024 issue, on sale 9 May 2024

The British empire’s last hurrah?

Matthew Parker argues that an epic celebration of imperialism in 1924 failed to mask a superpower in decline


The forgotten kingdom

Sophie Thérèse Ambler and JamesMorris tell the story of the mysterious northern stronghold of Cumbria

Beethoven’s ode to peace

Bronwen Everill traces how a 19th-century musical masterpiece has became a symbol of brotherhood

Georgian art attack

Graffiti was used as an expression of radicalism in 18th-century Britain, writes Madeleine Pelling

Five things you (probably) didn’t know about… witchcraft

Marion Gibson reveals five fascinating facts about the witch trials of the 16th and 17th centuries

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Roman slaves’ brutal lives

Guy de la Bédoyère contends that Roman society was built upon the servitude of its captive population


Scandalous Victorians

Rosalind Crone dissects eight cases that outraged Britons in the 19th century

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