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CONTENTS JANUARY 2024

FEATURES

EVERY MONTH

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22 Shakespeare’s world Eight experts explore what the playwright’s works tell us about love, power, monarchy and death

32 Labour’s leap to power A century ago, Ramsay MacDonald became Labour’s first prime minister. Richard Toye charts his entry to, and rapid departure from, Downing Street

38 How Asterix rewrote ancient history Eran Almagor shows how the plucky Gaulish warrior has shaped our understanding of the classical world

46 Radical lives of the Bloomsbury Group Frances Spalding reveals how this influential London set transformed British culture in the early 20th century

54 The British Schindler Edward Abel Smith tells the story of Nicholas Winton, who helped save hundreds of children from the Nazis

57 Victorian murder scandals Rosalind Crone explores six killings that shine a light on women’s lives in the 19th century

6 Anniversaries

The Conversation

11 Political comebacks 14 The history behind T he C rown

17 Michael Wood on new

Anglo-Saxon discoveries 19 Hidden Histories

20 Letters 52 Q&A History questions answered

Books

66 Interview: Philippa Langley on the fate of the princes in the Tower 70 New history books reviewed

Encounters

7 7 Diary: Things to se e and do this month 83 Podcast: Courtesy and chivalry 84 Explore: Mount Edgcumbe,

Cornwall 86 Historic Cities: Dublin

88 Prize crossword

90 My h i s t o r y he r o Ed Davey on Anglo - Saxon king Æthelstan

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