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CONTENTS FEBRUARY 2023

FEATURES

EVERY MONTH

20 Medieval marvels Ian Mortimer hails the staggering progress – in everything from medicine to exploration – achieved by our medieval ancestors

29 Histories of fear Kate Summerscale explores what five phobias reveal about our anxieties though the centuries

36 A golden age for women? Marion Turner on what Chaucer’s Wife of Bath can tell us about a time of great change for women

46 How the Holocaust began James Bulgin on how the German invasion of the Soviet Union triggered a policy of annihilation in eastern Europe

52 Forgotten Tudor voices Lucy Wooding profiles eight people whose experiences shed light on the challenges of life in the 16th century

59 The chaotic 17th century Jonathan Healey argues that people power drove the unrest that buffeted England in the age of Charles I and Oliver Cromwell

6 Anniversaries

The Conversation

11 Britain’s century of strike action 13 Michael Wood on the history of the home 14 Historical perspectives on the battle over US abortion rights 17 Hidden Histories The stor y of a little-known BBC presenter

18 Letters 42 Q&A History questions answered

Books

66 Interview: Caroline Dodds

Pennock on the Indigenous Americans who visited Europe after 1492 70 New history books reviewed

Encounters

7 7 Diary: What to see and do this month 82 Podcast: The weirdest masterpieces in art history 84 Explore: Hughenden Manor 86 Holidays: Bangkok, Thailand

88 Prize crossword

90 My histor y hero

Monica Ali picks Richard Burton

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