Execution

A year in the life of Ivan Chistyakov, Gulag guard

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Spare a thought for the poor Gulag guard: the rifleman standing in the freezing wind on the outside of the…

The Streatham portrait, thought to be the best likeness of Lady Jane Grey

Lady Jane Grey — a quintessential Tudor

14 January 2017 9:00 am

It is easy to see why the bare century of the Tudor dynasty’s rule has drawn so much attention from…

The Angels Die spares no punches

13 August 2016 9:00 am

We can all share the anguish in the downfall of a simple soul — for movie-goers Brando’s despairing ‘I coulda’…

Têtes coupées by Théodore Géricault, 1818

From head-shrinking to skull-seeking: a history of the severed head

15 November 2014 9:00 am

A severed head, argues Frances Larson in her sprightly new book, is ‘simultaneously a person and a thing… an apparently…

Terrorists still can't 'execute' anyone

21 June 2014 9:00 am

During the sudden advances of ISIS in Iraq, one visual image stood for their brutality. As the Daily Mail reported…