In our latest issue, Julian D Richards looks at the Great Viking Army and shows how new research is transforming our understanding of the Norse warriors who battled the Anglo-Saxons.
Meanwhile, Alexander Larman investigates how the Great Fire of London stirred up religious tensions in England in 1666.
Elsewhere in the magazine, Malcolm Vale argues that medieval king Henry V was far more than just a warrior, and Janina Ramirez hails the 14th-century trailblazer Julian of Norwich, whose writings still resonate today.
The latest issue also sees Alex von Tunzelmann reflect on the 1956 Suez crisis – an event that came to symbolise Britain’s decline as a global power.
Meanwhile, Melvyn Bragg tells Rob Attar that the north of England’s distinct identity was forged hundreds of years ago, and Robert Tombs recalls the events that led to Britain joining the EEC in 1973.