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CONTENTS MARCH 2024

FEATURES

EVERY MONTH

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20 Elizabeth v Mary Nicola Tallis chronicles the sibling rivalry that soured the relationship between these two Tudor queens

30 The wheelbarrow craze What drove Victorians to race handcarts from one end of Britain to the other? David Musgrove investigates

36 Five things you (probably) didn’t know about… the Vikings Ryan Lavelle reveals five fascinating facts about the Scandinavian raiders, traders and explorers

38 Knights! Camera! A ction! Robert Bartlett dissects Hollywood’s longstanding obsession with movies inspired by the Middle Ages

46 Who shot JFK? Rob Attar on the enduring power of conspiracy theories, from the Knights Templar to the murder of a president

53 The Bengal famine Kavita Puri tells the story of one of the darkest episodes in the modern history of the Indian subcontinent

58 The ancient world’s greatest city Islam Issa reveals how Alexandria became a global powerhouse

6 Anniversaries

The Conversation

11 LGBTQ trailblazers 15 Michael Wood on the global legacy of imperialism 16 Hidden Histories

18 Letters 44 Q&A History questions answered

Books

68 Interview: Judith Flanders discusses her book on how the Victorians mourned the dead 72 New history books reviewed

Encounters

7 7 Diary: Things to se e and do this month 83 Podcast: Aztec warfare 84 Explore: Harlech Castle 86 Historic Cities: Lisbon

88 Prize crossword

90 My h i s t o r y he r o Natalie Haynes on Phryne, an ancient Greek courtesan

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