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JUNE 2022



20 How the civil war was won Jessie Childs chronicles a brutal siege in 1640s Hampshire that did much to doom King Charles I

30 Lives less ordinary Lucy Worsley tells the stor y of three outwardly unremarkable women caught up in pivotal events in British history

36 War without end Elisabeth Leake argues that the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 triggered a series of conflicts that continue to haunt the nation today

46 A cultural institution In the sixth part of our series on the BBC’s history, David Hendy describes how the corporation tried to scale the peaks of “high culture”

50 Jubilees through the ages Tracy Borman reveals how three of Elizabeth II’s predecessors marked significant anniversaries on the throne

55 The big questions of the Black Death Monica H Green tells Ellie Cawthorne how science is transforming our understanding of the lethal pandemic

60 The Elizabethan mind Helen Hackett explores how people in the 16th century tried to untangle the mysteries of the human psyche

67 Raised by wolves Richard Sugg recounts the strange, and often disturbing, experiences of children who lived in the wild

This month in history

7 History news 10 Michael Wood on the world’s first cities 12 Anniversaries 17 Hidden Histories 18 Letters

34 Q&A Your history questions answered


72 Interview: Ronald Hutton on medieval Europe’s fascination with pagan goddesses 76 New history books reviewed

Encounters 8 4 Diary: What to see and do this month 9 2 Explore: Hever Castle, Kent 9 4 Travel: Trieste, Italy

96 Prize crossword

98 My histor y hero

Jackie Weaver chooses Queen Elizabeth I






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