An account of myths, lies and blunders on maps reveals their fascination and beauty

A vintage volume of wine essays is worth savouring

Squash is a diverse sport with global appeal, but hopes for its inclusion in the next Olympics have been dashed

Throughout the 19th century the pursuit of power permeated European society

The colourful life of Steven Runciman: historian, scholar-diplomat, and possibly spy

The idea that Moorish Spain was a haven of tolerance for Christians and Jews is a fashionable myth

The magnificent palazzo where Disraeli’s Young England group used to gather is long gone, but its grounds have now been restored

Akihito has signalled that he is ready to abdicate, leaving a hidebound nation whose identity is still defined by its ancient imperial hierarchy

J.C.H. King’s history of Native North America gives a fractured, kaleidoscopic view — not unlike the reality

Four learned saints, and the Romans’ favourite sauce