Adam Zamoyski

The shadow of the Sun King

'It has been said that Louis XIV invented France and Napoleon made it. Like Napoleon 150 years later, Louis found a country in turmoil and determined to turn it into a functional, modern state'

The Fate Of A Forgotten Ally

Halik Kochanski's magisterial work on the cruel and chaotic legacy of World War II in Poland is history at its best

Horse Power

Russia Against Napoleon by Dominic Lieven

How I Rewrote Polish History

Poland used to be written off as a failed state. But it has survived Nazism and communism to become a model for Europe

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"