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OCTOBER 2010

FEATURES

24 Roman Britain: The key moments A panel of experts describe the important milestones in the Roman empire’s occupation of Britain

34 Mussolini frustrated The diaries of Il Duce’s mistress reveal a boorish racist who was disappointed with his failures, says RJB Bosworth

46 Punishment in the pillory David Nash explores the humiliating sentence that awaited some miscreants in early modern Britain

48 England in miniature Michael Wood explains why he’s chosen to tell England’s history through the prism of a single village

53 Mary Seacole’s lost letter Tom Beaumont James on the chance discovery of the only surviving letter in the hand of a nursing heroine

56 Three films about… the American Civil War Mark Glancy questions the accuracy of Gone with the Wind and two other historical epics

60 Going underground Sam Bird looks at the role of East End activists in enabling Londoners to shelter in the tube during the Blitz

62 “Not a sadder creature in the world” Hannah Newton considers how parents coped with the early deaths of their children during the 17th century

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5 Letters

8 Milestones: It happened in October

News

12 Breaking news

16 News from the journals

18 World news in context: Australian Aborigines

23 Opinion by Dominic Sandbrook 40 Science story by Patricia Fara 43 Q&A: Your historical questions answered 59 Changing times by Chris Bowlby 67 Book reviews: 11 new history books reviewed 81 TV & Radio: What’s on in October

Out&About

84 Where history happened: Deserted villages 90 Ten things to do this month

92 Holiday ideas

96 Diversions, and the crossword

98 My history hero chosen by Peter Hain

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