The Historian 156

The magazine of the Historical Association

Published: 3rd February 2023


4 Reviews

5 Editorial (Read article - open access)

6 Secular acts and sacred practices in the Italian Renaissance church interior – Joanne Allen (Read article)

11 Philip Larkin: appreciating parish churches – Trevor James (Read article)

14 Joan Vaux: a remarkable Tudor lady – Joanna Hickson (Read article)

20 Vera Ignatievna Giedroyc: her missions of mercy, 1899–1932 – Alexander John Giedroyc and Michael Crumplin (Read article)

26 The Spanish-American War revisited: rise of an American empire? – Anthony Ruggiero (Read article)

32 Membership Extra: The Jews of Medieval England – Dean A. Irwin (Read article - Historian members only)

34 Membership Extra: Jewish settlements in Medieval England (View resource - Historian members only)

36 Membership Extra: History Films for the Historian and life-long learner member

38 History Abridged: The medieval origins of university – James Sewry (Read article)

39 Reviews

40 Evelyn Waugh’s books on the Italo-Ethiopian War, 1935–36 – Philip Woods (Read article)

46 The Mary Celeste: the history of a mystery – Graham Faiella (Read article)

52 My great-grandfather and the Italian Campaign – James Maddison (Read article)

56 My Favourite History Place: Berwick-upon-Tweed railway station – Robert Turnbull (Read article)

58 History in the News: A return to the Rutland Roman Villa: excavations 2022 – Jennifer Browning

60 Out and About on Uzbekistan’s Silk Road – Nicolas Kinloch (Read article)

Regular features: Access all past editions of our regular features Real Lives, History Abridged, My Favourite History Place and Out & About

Cover image: ‘The New Learning’, c. 1910, by Frank Cadogan Cowper. Erasmus and Thomas More visit the children of Henry VII at Greenwich in 1499.

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