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Holy Roman emperor (1519–56), king of Spain (as Charles I; 1516–56), and archduke of Austria (as Charles I; 1519–21), who inherited a Spanish and Habsburg empire extending across...

Holy Roman emperor (1519–56), king of Spain (as Charles I; 1516–56), and archduke of Austria (as Charles I; 1519–21), who inherited a Spanish and Habsburg empire extending across...

Sir Walter Raleigh.

Sir Walter Raleigh.

Guy Fawkes, a conspirator in the Gunpowder Plot, being arrested while attempting to blow up the Houses of Parliament, November 5, 1605.

Guy Fawkes, a conspirator in the Gunpowder Plot, being arrested while attempting to blow up the Houses of Parliament, November 5, 1605.

Oliver Cromwell, painting by Robert Walker; in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Oliver Cromwell, painting by Robert Walker; in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Mary II, detail of an oil painting after Willem Wissing; in the National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary II, detail of an oil painting after Willem Wissing; in the National Portrait Gallery, London

From the acceptance of bribes to tax evasion, claims of corruption and scandal have featured heavily in recent news. But we mustn’t forget that corrupt systems and the unscrupulous individuals w

From the acceptance of bribes to tax evasion, claims of corruption and scandal have featured heavily in recent news. But we mustn’t forget that corrupt systems and the unscrupulous individuals w

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