In the latest issue, Tom Holland explains how Roman emperors, such as Augustus, Caligula and Nero, were able to bring stability and peace to the Roman empire, despite being often described as sex-obsessed tyrants.
Meanwhile, Simon Schama selects some of the most fascinating British portraits, photographs and caricatures from the past 800 years.
Elsewhere in the magazine, with the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt fast approaching, Anne Curry considers whether Henry V’s most famous victory really deserves its iconic status in history.
And Joel Greenberg reveals the extraordinary life of Alan Turing – the man who played a vital role in breaking the German enigma code during the Second World War.
Plus, Tim Hitchcock and Robert Shoemaker examine the ingenuity of some of 18th-century London’s poorest residents, and Ian Kershaw explores how the continent was able to prosper during the aftermath of the Second World War.
This issue also includes a free 16-page supplement filled with expert advice for those who are considering studying history at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
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